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Distinguished Finalist

Joel Joseph

Gilbert, Arizona

Joel Joseph, 17, of Gilbert, Ariz., a senior at Mesquite High School, sourced, assembled, and donated more than 300 health-supply kits for homeless people in his community, working with his church to provide supplies including bandages, gauze pads and saline solution; this organizing and fundraising became his organization, “Bridges4Hope.” With the help of computer professors, he is now developing two software applications to empower people in need to connect with resources on their own.