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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.” He is now developing two software applications to empower people in need to connect with resources on their own.