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Distinguished Finalist

Alyssa Payne

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Alyssa Payne, 16, of Choctaw, Okla., a sophomore at Choctaw High School, is a dedicated advocate for foster children and their families, working with a variety of agencies and services and volunteering for activities ranging from mentoring to wrapping and delivering Christmas presents. Alyssa also runs a Facebook page for her “Ali’s Allies for Foster Kids” program to keep friends and family updated on service opportunities and inspirational stories.