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Distinguished Finalist

Ina Bhoopalam

Lincoln, Nebraska

Ina Bhoopalam, 17, of Lincoln, Neb., a senior at Lincoln East High School, created a gender empowerment program in which high school volunteers work with elementary and middle level girls in 19 schools to combat gender stereotypes and give them the confidence to pursue their dreams. Ina developed a curriculum, recruited volunteers, designed training materials, tested a small pilot program, and then persuaded her school district to approve implementation in multiple schools.