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Distinguished Finalist

Ryan Stoltz

Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Ryan Stoltz, 13, of Eden Prairie, Minn., a seventh-grader at Central Middle School, is dedicated to including kids’ perspectives in the public conversation, and over the past three years has covered 45 stories as a kid reporter for Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. Ryan has reported on a variety of current events and interviewed public figures including Nobel Prize-winning education activist Malala Yousafzai; he also worked alongside political reporters from major news outlets while covering the 2016 presidential election.