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Distinguished Finalist

Sydney Helgeson

Bismarck, North Dakota

Sydney Helgeson, 18, of Bismarck, N.D., a senior at Bismarck High School, is motivating young people across the state to not text while driving as the spokesperson for the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s Speak Up Against Distracted Driving campaign. She has teamed up with state and national organizations to spread the message, and created 13 video and online ads that reached teens on Pandora, Hulu and YouTube; her YouTube video has been viewed more than 64,000 times to date.