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Distinguished Finalist

Saumya Rawat

Coppell, Texas

Saumya Rawat, 17, of Coppell, Texas, a senior at School of Science and Engineering, is the founder and CEO of “IT Empowerment for Her,” an organization that provides free girls-only STEM programs to middle school girls in the region. Saumya, who nearly left a programming camp in middle school after discovering that she was the only girl, was motivated to close the STEM gender gap in her community.