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Distinguished Finalist

Kathleen Gruber

Richmond, Virginia

Kathleen Gruber, 17, of Richmond, Va., a senior at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School, volunteers for an arts program for kids with and without disabilities, helping to teach dance and singing and becoming fluent in American Sign Language so she could translate for deaf students. Kathleen, who has worked with the organization for the past seven years, got involved after her sister, who has Down syndrome, took dance classes through the program.