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Distinguished Finalist

Tejas Sathyamurthi

Nashua, New Hampshire

Tejas Sathyamurthi, 17, of Nashua, N.H., a senior at Nashua High School South, was inspired by his experience witnessing a forest fire in California to create a data-driven model that could predict wildfires and alert emergency services in advance. He also founded STEM clubs at a Boys and Girls Club, providing about 40 young participants with insights and hands-on examples of how STEM can be used to solve problems.