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Distinguished Finalist

Carolyn Pascal

Ijamsville, Maryland

Carolyn Pascal, 16, of Ijamsville, Md., a junior at Urbana High School, hosted 20 community outreach events to gather donations for a local food bank and raise awareness of hunger in her town, and then founded a nonprofit organization that, in its first year, generated enough money to educate 34 girls in the African nation of Malawi. Her overall mission, she says, is to fight hunger around the world by helping to educate impoverished girls in developing nations.