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Distinguished Finalist

Ryan Bell

Wallingford, Connecticut

Ryan Bell, 18, of Wallingford, Conn., a senior at Mark T. Sheehan High School, has raised $50,000 with his team for Heifer International, which helps families in need around the world by providing animals they can use as a sustainable source of income. Drawing on his experience with a craniofacial disorder, and using the film Wonder as a teaching tool, he also educates school and community organizations about kindness and acceptance toward all people despite their differences.