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Distinguished Finalist

Natasha Panduwawala

Cordova, Maryland

Natasha Panduwawala, 17, of Cordova, Md., a junior at Easton High School, collected more than 200 walkers, wheelchairs and other orthopedic aids, then traveled to Sri Lanka to donate the equipment to people and institutions in need. Natasha set up a website, raised awareness of her mission through a media interview and public outreach, coordinated and funded shipping for the equipment, then partnered with a Sri Lanka Lion’s Club to distribute the orthopedic aids.