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Distinguished Finalist

Idalys Perez

Providence, Rhode Island

Idalys Perez, 18, of Providence, R.I., a senior at Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center, organized a walkathon in memory of a late family friend and influential school administrator, raising more than $2,700 for the American Heart Association and a scholarship in her name. Idalys took the lead on logistics from marketing and volunteer recruitment to recruiting business donors for the event, which drew about 100 participants.