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Distinguished Finalist

Karissa Grotjohn

Las Vegas, Nevada

Karissa Grotjohn, 17, of Las Vegas, Nev., a senior at Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy, conducted extensive research on successful educational systems around the world, and is now working with her principal on an initiative to gather feedback from students and consider new best practices at school. Karissa was motivated learn about leading approaches to teaching and demonstrate how new practices could benefit schools in Las Vegas and Nevada.