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Distinguished Finalist

Azhae'La Hanson

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Azhae'La Hanson, 18, of Minneapolis, Minn., a senior at North Community High School, spent 10 days this past June volunteering in Ecuador, where she played games with local children, supported cleanup and power restoration projects, and used her new Spanish language skills to act as a liaison between her group and the community. In the year leading up to the volunteer trip, Azhae'La prepared by enrolling in Spanish classes, studying South American history and working with a team to raise $10,000 for travel and supplies.