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Distinguished Finalist

Noelle Buice

Fairfax, Virginia

Noelle Buice, 18, of Fairfax, Va., a senior at Fairfax High School, is the founder of “Cancer Kickin’ Critters,” a nonprofit made up of more than 100 volunteer knitters and crocheters that has distributed more than 1,000 hand-made stuffed toys and “critter creation kits” to children fighting cancer. Noelle started her project in the seventh grade, when she started knitting toys and hats while traveling to visit her best friend in the hospital where she was being treated for lymphoma.