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Distinguished Finalist

Madison Ray

Ackerman , Mississippi

Madison Ray, 18, of Ackerman, Miss., a senior at Choctaw County High School, has spent the past four years providing essential hands-on support to a local dog shelter, from cleaning out pens to awareness-raising to helping with repairs. Madison was moved to help the understaffed shelter by the stray dogs she’d seen in her town, and has persuaded peers to volunteer at the shelter, too; her efforts have helped to restore the health of and find homes for numerous abandoned dogs.