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Distinguished Finalist

Cayla Kumar

Queens Village, New York

Cayla Kumar, 16, of Queens Village, N.Y., a junior at Archbishop Molloy High School, created “The Gold Ribbon Project” to raise money for pediatric cancer research, and has brought in more than $25,000 through her efforts selling gold lapel ribbons. Named the first youth ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she also traveled to Washington, D.C. for the CureFest rally, where she got to speak to legislators about increasing cancer research funding.