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Distinguished Finalist

Kathryn Gruendling

Shelburne, Vermont

Kathryn Gruendling, 17, of Shelburne, Vt., a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School, organized a virtual 5K race team in her Vermont community to participate in a 9/11 Heroes Run to benefit the Travis Manion Foundation. Along with recruiting participants and mapping out a course route, Kathryn led her team to raise more than $1,100 for the organization, which offers community engagement events and empowerment and character-building programs.