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Distinguished Finalist

Astrid Axtman

Fargo, North Dakota

Astrid Axtman, 17, of Fargo, N.D., a member of Cass County 4-H and a senior at Davies High School, co-founded “Busy Hands,” an initiative that creates and donates fidget pillows with the goal of redirecting fidgeting tendencies and preventing harmful behaviors in people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and in people who have had a stroke. She partnered with more than 25 volunteer groups and, so far, the initiative has donated more than 180 pillows.