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Distinguished Finalist

Hayes Lesyer

Pass Christian , Mississippi

Hayes Lesyer, 17, of Pass Christian, Miss., a senior at Pass Christian High School, launched an initiative called “Pass Packs” after learning that many of his classmates received free and discounted lunches during school, but still experienced hunger on weekends. Pass Packs requires ongoing fundraising to fill and distribute bags of food that his peers take home each Friday; he is securing leadership to ensure the program is able to continue after he graduates.