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Distinguished Finalist

Sarah Tidwell

Watervalley, Mississippi

Sarah Tidwell, 17, of Watervalley, Miss., a senior at Lafayette High School, has traveled across Mississippi, raising awareness about the dangers of caffeine overdose and persuading state and local officials to support legislation prohibiting the sale of caffeine pills and powders to minors. Sarah, who worked with the family of the boy the law was named for, chose the issue as her pageant platform after seeing her peers drinking and taking the same caffeine substances as he did.