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Distinguished Finalist

Grace Beal

New Castle, Pennsylvania

Grace Beal, 16, of New Castle, Pa., a sophomore at Neshannock Junior Senior High School, has organized a basketball fundraiser in memory of her late sister for the past four years, a community event that recently raised more than $24,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Grace, who has helped to raise more than $70,000 for the hospital over the years, is responsible for event planning, recruiting sponsors, holding volunteer meetings and advertising for “Layups for Lucy.”