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Distinguished Finalist

Maya Harlow

Ozark, Alabama

Maya Harlow, 18, of Ozark, Ala., a senior at Carroll High School, fosters, trains and socializes future assistance dogs for the nonprofit Canine Companions for Independence. Conscious of the needs of people with disabilities and other challenges -- especially invisible ones, such as her brother’s Type 1 diabetes—she wanted to help provide eyes, ears, mobility, independence and peace of mind to people who need them; the first dog she trained now works with hundreds of victims of sexual and domestic abuse in South Carolina.