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Distinguished Finalist

Alyssa Payne

Choctaw, Oklahoma

Alyssa Payne, 17, of Choctaw, Okla., a junior at Choctaw High School, has volunteered hundreds of hours working with and advocating for foster children; in the last two years, she has launched educational social media pages, served as teen board secretary for a local fundraising organization, and mentored foster children in her community. Alyssa has also helped organize several fundraising and service events, including an annual movie night, sock and school supply drives and a holiday present-wrapping event.