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Distinguished Finalist

Grace Neiswander

Richmond, Virginia

Grace Neiswander, 18, of Richmond, Va., a senior at St. Gertrude High School, volunteers for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, encouraging people to adopt senior dogs by helping run weekend adoption events—an effort that involves tasks ranging from washing crates to walking dogs and talking to potential adopters. Grace became involved with the organization after her experience losing her beloved childhood dog and going on to adopt a senior dog with her family.