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Distinguished Finalist

Saarthak Maheshwari

Ashburn, Virginia

Saarthak Maheshwari, 16, of Ashburn, Va., a junior at Stone Bridge High School, is the co-founder and president of “Peers and Students Taking Action (PASTA),” a volunteer group that has conducted nearly 100 projects to support local kids. Saarthak’s program, which he estimates has impacted more than 10,000 local children, empowers student members of 16 chapters to pick and conduct service projects that are meaningful to them.