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Distinguished Finalist

Leigh Payne

Barrington, Rhode Island

Leigh Payne, 18, of Barrington, R.I., a senior at Barrington High School, has led 40 young musicians from her community to perform concerts at nursing homes through “Hope and Healing Music,” a program she started in 2015. Leigh, a pianist driven to bring comfort through music to people with Alzheimer’s disease, enlisted the help of her school’s Future Business Leaders of America club and National Honor Society to support her program.