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Distinguished Finalist

Katelyn McInerney

Birmingham, Alabama

Katelyn McInerney, 18, of Birmingham, Ala., a senior at Mountain Brook High School, founded “Special Siblings,” a monthly support group for young people who, like her, have a sibling with special needs. She plans and lead meetings, coordinates with mental health professionals, does advertising and publicity, maintains a website and hosts fundraisers, promoting understanding and acceptance of both siblings with special needs and the students whose own needs can go overlooked.