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Distinguished Finalist

Alyssa Lego

Toms River, New Jersey

Alyssa Lego, 16, of Toms River, N.J., a sophomore at Donovan Catholic High School, used $15,000 in proceeds from a fashion show she hosted to develop programs for schools, children’s hospitals and community venues that enhance public understanding of autism, and benefit children on the autism spectrum. Inspired by her brother, who has special needs, Alyssa has spoken at school assemblies and other events, visited hospitals, and distributed more than 1,000 sensory toys to kids with special needs.