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Distinguished Finalist

Elana Sargent

Lakeville, Massachusetts

Elana Sargent, 17, of Lakeville, Mass., a senior at Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, was motivated by her late father’s glioblastoma diagnosis to start “Beading for Brain Cancer,” a bracelet-selling initiative that’s raised more than $8,000 since 2009 toward brain cancer research. Elana has led efforts to create more than 1,600 bracelets so far; she also recently set up a website for the project to expand its reach outside her community.