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Distinguished Finalist

Lauren Vanlandingham

Ladue, Missouri

Lauren Vanlandingham, 18, of Ladue, Mo., a member of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri and a senior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School, spearheaded “A Million Letters,” an organization that collects and distributes letters of hope for those with cancer and their families. She published a book highlighting the campaign, which has enabled her to donate 150 books to hospitals, oncology centers and other cancer organizations across the nation.