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Distinguished Finalist

Lindsey Arruda

Somerset , Massachusetts

Lindsey Arruda, 16, of Somerset, Mass., a junior at Somerset Berkley Regional High School, co-founded the “We Stand Strong Foundation,” a nonprofit that has collected a significant amount of money and items to assist people affected by the Boston Marathon bombing and other difficult circumstances. The group has raised more than $53,000 for worthy causes and donated $285,000 worth of eyeglasses to people in need overseas, in addition to supporting many other local and global initiatives.