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Distinguished Finalist

Sarah Locurto

North Tonawanda, New York

Sarah Locurto, 17, of North Tonawanda, N.Y., a senior at Niagara Wheatfield Senior High School, started “Because Char Smiled,” an initiative that has mobilized volunteers to create thousands of paper flowers to donate to patients with cancer who cannot enjoy live flowers while in medical centers. She has provided flower-making tutorials to 600 volunteers of all ages, and worked with organizations including The Federated Garden Clubs of New York State, Inc.