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Distinguished Finalist

Robert Wachen

Potomac, Maryland

Robert Wachen, 16, of Potomac, Md., a junior at Winston Churchill High School, co-founded an organization that delivers more than 140 birthday cakes a month to 20 charities in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia to make sure children in need and senior citizens feel special on their birthdays. Robert’s group, which has donated nearly 3,000 cakes so far and grown to include more than 500 volunteers, is now the largest chapter of a national charity called Birthday Cakes for Free.