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Distinguished Finalist

Kayla Jolly

Tallassee, Alabama

Kayla Jolly, 18, of Tallassee, Ala., a senior at Tallassee High School, helps provide soldiers and their families with logistical and emotional support through the Alabama National Guard Youth Program and the Alabama National Guard Advisory Board. At weekend Yellow Ribbon reintegration events, she uses her experience from her father’s deployment to help her peers understand the practical and emotional effects of a parent’s active military service.