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Distinguished Finalist

Riley Damiano

Patterson, New York

Riley Damiano, 16, of Patterson, N.Y., a sophomore at Wooster School, has raised more than $6,000 for pediatric cancer research through her “Blue Lollipop Project,” donating a blue lollipop to a hospitalized child for every dollar donated to her cause. Inspired by the story of a local boy who died from cancer and loved blue lollipops, Riley has partnered with nine hospitals to distribute the candy, and donated proceeds to a foundation the boy’s parents started in his memory.