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Distinguished Finalist

Jalisa Peterson

Midway, Georgia

Jalisa Peterson, 17, of Midway, Ga., a senior at Liberty County High School, has been a dedicated volunteer at a nearby orphanage since 2010, building relationships with the children there, ranging from newborns to 18-year-olds. She plays games with the kids, reads to them, works on arts and crafts projects, and sometimes invites friends to come with her on her visits.