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Distinguished Finalist

Xavier Walsh

Cleveland, Ohio

Xavier Walsh, 13, of Cleveland, Ohio, an eighth-grader at Ohio Connections Academy, is a contributing member of the youth ambassador program for the Renee Jones Empowerment Center, a nonprofit that provides services for human trafficking and sexual assault victims in Northeastern Ohio. Along with playing music for the organization’s documentary video, Xavier participates in monthly street outreach, offering social services to people living in areas with high levels of prostitution and drug abuse.