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Distinguished Finalist

Sylvia Flowers

Gary, Indiana

Sylvia Flowers, 18, of Gary, Ind., a senior at Calumet New Tech High School, has gathered and distributed clothing, food, school supplies, baby items and other donations for people in need through Peaceful Hands Outreach, a nonprofit created by her mother and a friend. As a way to deal with her grief over the loss of a beloved uncle, Sylvia channeled the joy she had felt in his life to get involved in this volunteer effort and make a positive difference in the lives of others.