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Distinguished Finalist

Alex Vanharen

Oxford, Michigan

Alex Vanharen, 12, of Oxford, Mich., a seventh-grader at Oxford Middle School, created “Scarves 4 Cozy Kids,” a group that has donated about 4,000 hats, gloves and scarves for local kids in need of winter wear; they have also donated items to numerous charities by hosting a monthly collection of other specific items such as blankets, coats and school supplies. Alex, who learned how to knit and recruited others to take up the craft, started the group after noticing that not all his peers had on outerwear during recess on cold days.