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Distinguished Finalist

Ashley Bussell

Ladera Ranch, California

Ashley Bussell, 17, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., a senior at Tesoro High School, turned her wish to offset medical travel expenses for a friend into the "Gas4Katie Cancer Foundation," which has raised more than $75,000 to support families affected by pediatric cancer. Ashley built her initiative from a project that kept money in a pretzel jar to a foundation with an employee and an annual golf ball drop event with community partners.