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Distinguished Finalist

Rishika Jeyaprakash

Mason, Ohio

Rishika Jeyaprakash, 13, of Mason, Ohio, a seventh-grader at Mason Middle School, created and leads “Little Helpers,” a volunteer team of more than 450 youth volunteers who work together on different volunteer opportunities each month, from collecting more than 1,200 toys for the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to visiting residents at retirement homes and creating thank-you cards for local police officers. Rishika is currently in the process of establishing the organization as a nonprofit.