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Distinguished Finalist

Ella Delevante

Nashville, Tennessee

Ella Delevante, 16, of Nashville, Tenn., a junior at Father Ryan High School, has dedicated hundreds of volunteer hours to advocating for and working with refugee families, including babysitting children while their parents attend English classes, tutoring students with interrupted formal education experiences, and helping organize a community coat drive. In the summer of 2017, Ella started “The Popsicle Club,” a program in which volunteers visit children in their homes, distributing 100 popsicles every Friday.