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Distinguished Finalist

Medhaa Banaji

Vienna, Virginia

Medhaa Banaji, 17, of Vienna, Va., a senior at George C. Marshall High School, coordinated a series of community nutrition workshops that raised awareness about healthy eating amongst 150 participants, and later created a club at her school to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Medhaa’s club, which has drawn about 75 members, participates in activities including a fundraising walk and pen pal correspondence with hospitalized kids.