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Distinguished Finalist

Sarah Mercado

Cedar Park, Texas

Sarah Mercado, 18, of Cedar Park, Texas, a member of Girl Scouts of Central Texas and a senior at Vista Ridge High School, traveled to Bolivia to conduct workshops teaching girls and their families how to make washable sanitary pads, helping to ensure that the young women have the personal hygiene products they need to avoid missing school. Sarah personally worked with 120 girls at her workshops, and raised awareness of her mission in her local community through fundraising activities and pad-kit-making workshops.