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Distinguished Finalist

Makenna Carpenter

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Makenna Carpenter, 17, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., a senior at Bloomfield Hills High School, organized a canned food drive to support local homeless shelters in her region, an effort inspired by her great-grandparents’ experiences helping others despite struggling themselves. Makenna managed advertising, container placement and food distribution, and collected more than 200 cans for two facilities as part of this ongoing effort.