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Distinguished Finalist

Teertha Ayanji

Belle Mead, New Jersey

Teertha Ayanji, 15, of Belle Mead, N.J., a sophomore at Montgomery High School, teaches robotics classes at a school for kids with special needs, guiding students through programming and other activities designed to introduce them to a future career option. Inspired to start the class by his experience volunteering with Special Olympics and a junior robotics camp, Teertha worked with the school’s director and his own school’s robotics team to bring his idea to life.