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Distinguished Finalist

Jai Kumar

South Riding, Virginia

Jai Kumar, 16, of South Riding, Va., a junior at Freedom High School, is the co-founder of “ForTrinidad,” a charity organization that has sent over 1,000 books, school supplies and Christmas gifts to more than 150 children in Trinidad. First inspired to establish the organization after learning about a teacher’s experience growing up in Trinidad, Jai also created “Read a Book, Donate a Book,” an initiative that encourages local fifth grade students to donate books as part of a reading challenge.