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Distinguished Finalist

Kyle Zhu

Silver Spring, Maryland

Kyle Zhu, 18, of Silver Spring, Md., nominated by YMCA of Metropolitan Washington and a senior at Richard Montgomery High School, founded “BranchOut Tutors,” a peer mentoring program that has provided academic support and friendship to refugees, kids in the court system and other at-risk students in Montgomery County and in China, Finland and Trinidad and Tobago. Kyle, who started his program four years ago after tutoring at an alternative education center, has partnered with organizations in the U.S. and abroad to bring his vision to life.