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Distinguished Finalist

Thalia Castro

Miami, Florida

Thalia Castro, 17, of Miami, Fla., a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, raises money and plans monthly food distributions as chair of the Joshua's Heart Foundation Junior Advisory Board – which inspired her to found "Project Assist," an initiative that provides "Hope Totes" of personal hygiene items and snacks to the homeless in her community. She has collected and distributed more than 3,500 pounds of toiletries, and earned both congressional and presidential honors for her efforts.