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Distinguished Finalist

Rachel Blanding

Charlotte, North Carolina

Rachel Blanding, 17, of Charlotte, N.C., a senior at Mallard Creek High School, educated herself about vaccines that can prevent communicable diseases, and then conducted a campaign to encourage both kids and adults to protect themselves and their families through vaccinations. She taught classes at her school, her church and church leadership organizations, created informational fliers and a website, and produced a picture book to convey her message.