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Distinguished Finalist

Sophie O'Reilly

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sophie O'Reilly, 17, of Tulsa, Okla., a junior at Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences, is a dedicated and active volunteer for Poetic Justice, an organization that offers writing workshops to incarcerated women in Oklahoma. Along with transcribing women’s hand-written poems for the organization’s annual anthology, Sophie is developing a curriculum to run a rhetoric and debate class, which she hopes will help inspire confidence and perseverance in class participants.