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Distinguished Finalist

Brittany Sharp

Goodyear, Arizona

Brittany Sharp, 18, of Goodyear, Ariz., a senior at Verrado High School, progressed from planning free events for local families at her local public library to starting a book club for kids ages 12 to 18 —managing the program, coordinating with school librarians, choosing the books and leading group discussions. Through her leadership of the club, she has sparked students’ interest in fiction and critical reading as well as building social skills; she has also put a succession plan in place for a continuation of the club after she graduates.