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Distinguished Finalist

Giovanni Basanese

Iron Mountain, Michigan

Giovanni Basanese, 16, of Iron Mountain, Mich., a sophomore at Iron Mountain High School, is an active volunteer with his local VA medical center, working on projects from planning the first-ever employee benefit fair to creating a student-geared web page about volunteer and career opportunities. Giovanni was the first student to pilot a self-paced volunteer program built around his other commitments, and his work inspired other departments to request similar student service programs.