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Distinguished Finalist

Jennifer Mays

Wingo, Kentucky

Jennifer Mays, 17, of Wingo, Ky., a senior at Northside Baptist Christian School, has spent more than 500 hours over the past four years volunteering to read with, teach, encourage and perform administrative duties supporting nearly 300 third-grade children. By sharing these tasks, she has freed teachers to concentrate more closely on their students' learning, helped the children to thrive and reignited her own passion for education.