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Distinguished Finalist

Veenadhari Kollipara

Bellevue, Washington

Veenadhari Kollipara, 16, of Bellevue, Wash., a senior at Interlake High School, has spent the past three summers developing a multi-purpose drone that can help farmers make smarter crop decisions by providing precise, accurate data on soil conditions across their fields. Motivated to promote sustainable farming, Veenadhari learned about an environmentally-friendly farm management methodology, then used feedback from area farmers to make that technology more affordable and easier to use.