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Distinguished Finalist

Shivani Kumar

Stuart, Florida

Shivani Kumar, 17, of Stuart, Fla., a senior at James S. Rickards High School, volunteers with the Florida Outreach Center for the Blind (FOCB), teaching white cane use, information technology and general safety, as well as a class she established in response to her students' interest in walking safely. She has conducted research on how the sighted can best help the blind and presented her findings at elementary schools, and is coordinating and serving as keynote speaker at an FOCB charity dinner.