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Distinguished Finalist

Rachel Mileski

Kent, Ohio

Rachel Mileski, 15, of Kent, Ohio, a sophomore at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, is the founder of “Ray’s Hope,” which organizes a variety of volunteer opportunities for teens, from cooking meals for a drop-in center for youth struggling with homelessness to fundraising for homeless pets. Rachel was inspired to start volunteering for those experiencing homelessness after helping an elementary school classmate who didn’t have winter boots or a coat in the Ohio winter.