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Distinguished Finalist

Maryn White

Lee's Summit, Missouri

Maryn White, 17, of Lee's Summit, Mo., a junior at Lee's Summit West High School, led an initiative to create an “art cart” at her local hospital, collecting more than 600 art supplies to provide patients with a fun distraction during their hospital stays. Maryn spent most of fourth grade in the hospital and did art projects to take her mind off things; after learning later that a local hospital didn’t offer art therapy, she secured the support of the hospital CEO, then started a collection for crayons, paints, coloring books and other supplies.