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Distinguished Finalist

Katherine McPhie

Irvine, California

Katherine McPhie, 16, of Irvine, Calif., a junior at University High School, leveraged her project "OPEN SESAME: Coding for Kids" to provide more than 500 hours of programming instruction to children living in shelters, and raised nearly $25,000 to provide the children with Chromebooks and school supplies. She and her partner have exhibited their work at the annual meeting of the National Center for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.