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Distinguished Finalist

Heather McNamara

Islip Terrace, New York

Heather McNamara, 17, of Islip Terrace, N.Y., a senior at East Islip High School, has raised approximately $45,000 for charities including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Make-A-Wish Foundation. The pediatric cancer survivor also creates activity bags for pediatric patients in the hospital as part of “Heather's Survival Bags,” and serves as a spokesperson for the New York Blood Center and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.