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Distinguished Finalist

Katelynn Whitehead

Manton, Michigan

Katelynn Whitehead, 17, of Manton, Mich., a senior at Manton Consolidated High School, launched several fundraisers and raised more than $4,000 as part of her “Kira’s Crew” initiative to help cover the cost of hospital bills, transportation and other expenses after her best friend’s cancer diagnosis. Katelynn said she overcame her own shyness to champion a bake sale, a T-shirt sale and a raffle, drawing on both peer and community support.