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Distinguished Finalist

Shelby Walter

North Tonawanda, New York

Shelby Walter, 12, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., a sixth-grader at Drake Elementary School, has collected enough school supplies to fill more than 200 backpacks for kids in need over the past two years, and donates items to the supply closet at school to ensure that students and teachers have what they need. Shelby has solicited donations from her church, community and businesses, and donated backpacks for area schools and an overseas church mission.