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Distinguished Finalist

Maia Beirne

Oregon , Wisconsin

Maia Beirne, 18, of Oregon, Wis., a senior at Oregon High School, started a school club called “Panthers vs. Cancer” three years ago that has engaged more than 50 students in activities to support families affected by cancer and the organizations that serve them. In addition to coordinating fundraisers at local schools, Maia’s club has made tie blankets for children at Madison Children’s Hospital, and provided families affected by cancer with gift cards, care packages and meals.