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Distinguished Finalist

Sydney Loudermilk

Tucson, Arizona

Sydney Loudermilk, 16, of Tucson, Ariz., a member of Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and a sophomore at Brownstown Central High School, wrote, self-published and publicized Ordinary People Extraordinary Achievements, a book for readers ages 7-12 about three friends who explore 25 hiking trails in Pima County. While managing a team of 35 people, she has donated more than 500 books to elementary and middle schools and inspired many new hiking clubs; she has also sold books in multiple states and in Guam.