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Distinguished Finalist

Julia Kay

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Julia Kay, 16, of Tyngsborough, Mass., a junior at Tyngsborough High School, leveraged her love of the environment to spearhead efforts that successfully enacted a single-use plastic bag ban in her town. The Girl Scout spoke at several community events to educate the public about the advantages of the ban, and obtained signatures for a petition; her efforts were rewarded when the town voted in favor of her proposal and put the ban in place.