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Distinguished Finalist

Addy Battel

Cass City, Michigan

Addy Battel, 16, of Cass City, Mich., a junior at Cass City Jr./Sr. High School, co-founded “Meating the Need for Our Village” in 2014 to increase the availability of high-quality protein for people in need, since those foods can be hard to access in a town without a grocery store. After receiving a grant for $2,500 in its first year, the group got to work; it’s since donated 10,000 pounds of meat and 1,000 gallons of milk to three local food pantries, all while empowering about 200 youth to volunteer in the community.