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Distinguished Finalist

Gabriela Baca

San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico

Gabriela Baca, 17, of San Juan Pueblo, N.M., a member of Rio Arriba 4-H and a senior at Los Alamos High School, has volunteered more than 600 hours over the past two summers with the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, working on ancient wall restoration and trail maintenance projects at Bandelier National Monument. Gabriela woke up at 6:30 a.m. and hiked many miles during her summers with the program, providing services aimed at making the trails more convenient and scenic for visitors.