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Distinguished Finalist

Eshika Saxena

Bellevue, Washington

Eshika Saxena, 16, of Bellevue, Wash., a junior at Interlake High School, has coordinated a range of opportunities for girls to participate in engaging, hands-on STEM activities through “TakeKnowledGe,” the nonprofit she founded to address the gender gap she’s experienced as a young woman interested in math and technology. Eshika, who leads by example through her officer roles in school STEM programs, also presented about her mentoring successes to more than 500 participants at a teen action fair.