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Distinguished Finalist

Maxwell Surprenant

Needham, Massachusetts

Maxwell Surprenant, 15, of Needham, Mass., a freshman at St. Sebastian's School, is the co-founder of “Catching Joy,” a youth service initiative that has supported more than 60 charities and causes and mobilized more than 60,000 kids, teens and families to make a difference. He also serves as a kid reporter for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps and produced the short film “The Impact of Giving Back,” which received an honorable mention in the 2015 White House Student Film Festival.