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Distinguished Finalist

Mickayla Vannatter

Guernsey, Wyoming

Mickayla Vannatter, 15, of Guernsey, Wyo., a sophomore at Guernsey-Sunrise High School, led a project to promote kindness and friendship amongst children at her school by painting the playground, installing “buddy benches” and teaching interactive games to encourage bonding. With the goal of teaching kids at a young age to choose inclusion over bullying, Mickayla worked with her school administration, Girl Scout council, a local sponsor and volunteers to bring her idea to life.