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Distinguished Finalist

Ethan Tatro

Topeka, Kansas

Ethan Tatro, 18, of Topeka, Kan., a senior at Washburn Rural High School, conducted a drive that collected 1,200 books so that all of the students at two elementary schools in low-income areas could take home a volume that interested them. After Ethan delivered the books, he spoke during assemblies at both schools, sharing his personal love of books and explaining the essential role that reading over the summer plays in helping kids stay ahead in school.