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Distinguished Finalist

Iliriana Lekani

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Iliriana Lekani, 17, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., a senior at Socastee High School, played a key role in evacuating and relocating people and animals, filling and delivering many thousands of sandbags and packing 1,000 lunches in preparation for Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding. Iliriana spread education about hurricane preparedness and recruited volunteers through social media campaigns and by talking to local news outlets about her cause.