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Distinguished Finalist

Sunakshi Sharma

Monroe, Louisiana

Sunakshi Sharma, 18, of Monroe, La., a senior at Neville High School, organized a series of fundraisers to provide portable pack ‘n play cribs to a local hospital after learning that safe sleeping environments are a key factor in preventing sudden infant death syndrome. Sunakshi sold baked goods and turkey legs to raise money for her initiative, which has benefited more than 30 infants.