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Distinguished Finalist

Abigail Alvarez

Portland, Oregon

Abigail Alvarez, 17, of Portland, Ore., a senior at David Douglas High School, started “All Peers United,” a program that coordinates opportunities for students with and without disabilities to work together on service projects. Inspired to advocate for kids she mentored in her school’s special ed program, Abigail applied for grants, worked with teachers and local organizations and ensured special after-school transportation to bring her idea for the club to life.