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Distinguished Finalist

Avika Patel

Irvine, California

Avika Patel, 16, of Irvine, Calif., a junior at Woodbridge High School, founded the student-run nonprofit initiative "#innovate," hosting workshops and outreach activities to help underserved students learn computer science skills and solve civic problems. She has taught 1,500 hours to 600 girls, in addition to publishing two books, creating a curriculum for schools in India, running an online student newsletter and speaking at conferences.