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Distinguished Finalist

Thomas Hollis

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Thomas Hollis, 18, of Hot Springs, Ark., a senior at Lakeside High School, volunteers for Our Promise Cancer Services, which helps cancer patients in 21 counties with utilities, gas and other expenses, after witnessing the obstacles faced by his immigrant mother as she negotiated cancer care for his grandfather. He worked on a grant to help raise $27,000 to house eight cancer patients during their treatment; he also tutors ESL learners, volunteers at the hospital and for events, and heads food and clothing drives.