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Distinguished Finalist

Jakayla Walker

Harrison, Idaho

Jakayla Walker, 18, of Harrison, Idaho, a senior at INSPIRE, the Idaho Connections Academy, spent two months last summer bicycling more than 4,000 miles from Seattle to New York City to raise money to help feed refugees in Southeast Asia. With no cartilage in her left knee, participating in Venture’s “Across America” bike tour was painful for Jakayla, but yielded $4,500 for refugee food programs and raised awareness of desperate conditions on the other side of the world.