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Distinguished Finalist

Mary Hilton

St. Louis, Missouri

Mary Hilton, 17, of St. Louis, Mo., a senior at Visitation Academy, is the creator of “Mary and Friends Gift Tags for a Cause,” an initiative that has raised nearly $50,000 for Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital’s speech therapy department and an additional $6,000 for a scholarship fund in memory of a friend who died in a car accident. Mary has mobilized schools and Girl Scout troops to help make the gift tags, a project she started in 2008 to support the hospital where she was treated for speech apraxia.