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Distinguished Finalist

Selena Schulz

Hudson, Florida

Selena Schulz, 13, of Hudson, Fla., a seventh-grader at Countryside Montessori Charter School, has raised more than $5,000 for animal shelters in three states and Canada by setting up a table at events and selling her trilogy of books through her organization, “A Bed A Buck A Buddy.” Selena, whose efforts started when she asked for shelter donations instead of gifts for her eighth birthday, is dedicated to the mission of encouraging others to “adopt, not shop.”