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Distinguished Finalist

Amber Essenmacher

Bad Axe, Michigan

Amber Essenmacher, 17, of Bad Axe, Mich., a senior at Ubly Community High School, has been instrumental in a variety of community efforts as she has grown up, including a project to create a community garden that’s provided fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantries, her school and others. She teamed up with friends to get supplies donated and create 21 garden beds.