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Distinguished Finalist

Melissa Khasbagan

Austin, Texas

Melissa Khasbagan, 17, of Austin, Texas, a junior at Westlake High School, is the founder of “1,000 Books,” a nonprofit that has donated thousands of English-language books and educational materials to children in nine countries. Also the creator of “The Teen Entrepreneur Podcast,” Melissa hopes to empower children and teens through education, inspiring them to become global changemakers themselves.