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Distinguished Finalist

Supriya Makam

Newburgh, New York

Supriya Makam, 17, of Newburgh, N.Y., a senior at Newburgh Free Academy, has mobilized more than 100 volunteers to help foster a love of learning in local kids through “Educate Without Borders,” the nonprofit she started in 2013. In addition to organizing book collections, learning activities and other events through her nonprofit, Supriya has conducted extensive research on the use of a leading opioid addiction treatment in her county and the barriers to access.