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Distinguished Finalist

Vanessa McCoy

Gahanna, Ohio

Vanessa McCoy, 18, of Gahanna, Ohio, a senior at Ohio Connections Academy works year-round to support an annual Thanksgiving food box distribution, an event run by the local foundation where she’s been volunteering since 2012. Vanessa, a fundraising committee member, dedicates five to 10 hours a week to tasks from newsletter distribution to event planning in support of the food drive, which serves thousands of people in need every year.