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Distinguished Finalist

Catherine Chow

Keaau, Hawaii

Catherine Chow, 16, of Kea'au, Hawaii, a junior at Kea'au High School, led a community effort to establish and maintain a garden for the newly constructed Hale Iki Village, home to evacuees from the 2018 volcanic eruption of Kilauea and subsequent earthquake. Catherine's leadership of people from local churches, her high school and her 4-H groups has helped to transform a barren landscape into a garden full of flowers and produce.