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Distinguished Finalist

Eshika Saxena

Bellevue, Washington

Eshika Saxena, 17, of Bellevue, Wash., a senior at Interlake High School, is the founder of “TakeKnowledGe,” a nonprofit that has encouraged more than 500 girls in the state of Washington to pursue STEM fields by organizing programming workshops and mentoring teams participating in robotics competitions. Eshika has also developed several technology applications to help solve global health problems, including a free, in-home sickle cell disease screening app.