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Distinguished Finalist

Riley Buelow

Charlotte, North Carolina

Riley Buelow, 13, of Charlotte, N.C., a seventh-grader at South Charlotte Middle School, is a co-founder and board member of “Laps for Love,” a youth-run initiative that has raised more than $110,000 for the Charlotte Rescue Mission over the past three years by hosting charitable swim events. In addition to board responsibilities including monthly meetings, Riley identifies and recruits event sponsors and manages media relations.