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Distinguished Finalist

Srishti Pithadia

Trumbull, Connecticut

Srishti Pithadia, 17, of Trumbull, Conn., a senior at Trumbull High School, founded “TechnoTeens” to make computers accessible to all middle and high school students, especially girls and students from low-income backgrounds; the organization has reached more than 300 students, including via satellite clubs in Florida and Washington. She teaches programming and develops curriculums; sources teachers, partners and sponsors; and maintains the organization’s considerable online presence.