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Distinguished Finalist

Payton Safriet

Archdale, North Carolina

Payton Safriet, 11, of Archdale, N.C., a sixth-grader at Braxton Craven Middle School, has volunteered for more than a year with the Helping Hands emergency assistance agency, working during the summer and other days off to package food for people in need and man the front desk while other volunteers take their breaks. After learning about food insecurity while running a food drive for the agency in fifth grade, Payton decided to volunteer there more often.