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Distinguished Finalist

Lauryn Hernandez

San Antonio, Texas

Lauryn Hernandez, 16, of San Antonio, Texas, a sophomore at Communications Arts High School, started “Lauryn's Hat Wish," which has donated hundreds of hats to oncology patients at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio. Lauryn, who has collected donations through social media campaigns and by partnering with local businesses, started this project after she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and noticed the lack of hat options for children and teenagers in the donation box at her oncology clinic.