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Distinguished Finalist

Sophia Happ

Monticello, Illinois

Sophia Happ, 15, of Monticello, Ill., a freshman at Monticello High School, has conducted an annual drive over the past five years that has yielded nearly 30,000 books for kids who have little access to reading materials. She places collection boxes at schools throughout her district, and then delivers the donations to a home for abused or neglected children, a nonprofit that serves struggling families and other service organizations.