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Distinguished Finalist

Lanya Meade

Kansas City, Kansas

Lanya Meade, 14, of Kansas City, Kan., a freshman at Sumner Academy of Arts & Science, organized a class competition at her school to collect donations that were used to provide feminine hygiene items to girls in homeless families or transitional living facilities. She also hosted a free self-defense class at her school to teach her peers how to stay safe in dangerous situations.