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Distinguished Finalist

Grace Gehlken

Charleston , South Carolina

Grace Gehlken, 18, of Charleston, S.C., a senior at Academic Magnet High School, has volunteered since seventh grade to support young people served by a charitable institute in Honduras; she has traveled on mission trips to Tegucigalpa every year and, last year, worked with her mother to raise more than $24,000 for a program to teach children how to avoid human trafficking. Grace is also piloting a program that raises money for anti-trafficking efforts by selling fair trade hostess gifts.