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Distinguished Finalist

Anna Vaughn

Blair, Nebraska

Anna Vaughn, 17, of Blair, Neb., a member of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska and a senior at Blair High School, mobilized more than 120 volunteers to knit more than 1,200 hats for premature babies at seven area hospitals. After learning that hospital-issue preemie hats sometimes fell off because they were too large, Anna worked with her dad to create specially-designed looms for making even tinier hats; she then created and distributed sewing kits and trained hat-making volunteers ranging in age from eight to 80.