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Distinguished Finalist

Briana Clifton

Coon Rapids, Minnesota

Briana Clifton, 17, of Coon Rapids, Minn., a senior at Coon Rapids High School, is dedicated to raising awareness about mental illness and educating students about career opportunities in the mental health field. She worked with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Morningsong Therapy Center and her school activities director to organize an educational event at her school last year, which featured speeches from survivors and mental health professionals and was attended by more than 50 students.