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Distinguished Finalist

Desiree Herrst

Bellaire, Michigan

Desiree Herrst, 14, of Bellaire, Mich., a freshman at Central Lake High School, is an active volunteer with the Magic Yarn Project, donating 30 handmade yarn wigs styled after Disney characters for kids undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Inspired to act by the death of a young family friend, Desiree has also recruited volunteer support from her church, setting up wig workshops and soliciting donations of yarn.