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Distinguished Finalist

Matthew Dinnen

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Matthew Dinnen, 17, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, a senior at Mount Vernon High School, uses language skills he learned in his high school Spanish classes to volunteer with HOLA, a community program that offers educational assistance and social support to local Hispanic families. Along with helping children complete homework and improve their English, Matthew also helps facilitate Hispanic cultural activities and recruits other students to participate in the organization.