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Distinguished Finalist

Neha Jonnakota

Glastonbury , Connecticut

Neha Jonnakota, 16, of Glastonbury, Conn., a junior at Glastonbury High School, co-founded “Power of Peace” to lend support to kids in need; over the past six years, the group has raised $130,000 to combat hunger, help children with life-threatening diseases, and raise the quality of life for urban and rural kids in both Connecticut and India. To keep the public engaged, she and her team volunteer widely and welcome elected officials and school board members to their events.