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Distinguished Finalist

Julianna Gouthiere

Shreveport, Louisiana

Julianna Gouthiere, 12, of Shreveport, La., a sixth-grader at Youree Drive Middle School, has collected and donated more than 15,000 stuffed animals for children in difficult situations through her nonprofit, "Bear Share." Inspired by the story of a fireman giving her mother a bear at the scene of an accident when she was a child, Julianna has worked with local businesses to deliver plush friends to hospitals, nonprofits, police and firefighters in the U.S. and internationally.