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Distinguished Finalist

Jessica Lao

Johns Creek, Georgia

Jessica Lao, 18, of Johns Creek, Ga., a senior at The Westminster Schools, led a six-month, $20,000 fundraising drive through a school club to build dormitories and a computer lab for indigenous girls in Peru’s Sacred Valley. Under Jessica’s direction, her school’s Circle of Women chapter won grants, secured corporate sponsors and conducted a wide variety of fundraisers for the project, which was completed last spring.