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Distinguished Finalist

Francesca Wurm

Woodbury, Minnesota

Francesca Wurm, 18, of Woodbury, Minn., a senior at East Ridge High School, created an art program for patients at a local hospital, offering a variety of craft projects to provide some relief from the stress of hospital stays. Francesca, having experienced this stress firsthand, worked with the hospital’s volunteer coordinator to plan the program, which has reached about 100 people and is now offered by two departments.