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Distinguished Finalist

Eli Stanciu

College Place, Washington

Eli Stanciu, 15, of College Place, Wash., a freshman at Walla Walla Valley Academy, played a lead role in an initiative to create a playground at Fort Walla Walla Park, dedicating hundreds of hours to raising money and awareness for the project and soliciting support from groups from the local Rotary to city council. Eli’s efforts have helped to raise more than $120,000 for the playground, which is expected to be constructed in the summer of 2018.