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Distinguished Finalist

Casey Schaeffer

Yardley, Pennsylvania

Casey Schaeffer, 15, of Yardley, Pa., a freshman at Pennsbury High School, is the founder of an initiative called “Full Heart” that has donated more than $7,000 to charitable causes since 2015 and mobilized other young people to get involved with their communities. Her feature event, the "Full Heart Kids Carnival," has raised money in support of causes including A Soldier’s Hands, a project to collect and send skincare products to soldiers serving overseas; she also created a music scholarship last year to be granted annually to her school's most improved orchestra student.