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Distinguished Finalist

Carly Renken

Gretna, Nebraska

Carly Renken, 17, of Gretna, Neb., a senior at Millard South High School, co-founded a nonprofit organization that conducts music sessions for more than 40 kids with special needs in the Omaha metro area. Her nonprofit, “Special Musicians,” which is designed to provide an inclusive, safe and fun learning environment, teaches basic music theory; features instrument-playing, singing and dancing; and culminates with a performance in front of friends and family members.