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Distinguished Finalist

Alivia Farber

Waukesha, Wisconsin

Alivia Farber, 18, of Waukesha, Wis., nominated by the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and a senior at Waukesha West High School, is a swim instructor for the Special Olympics, working with athletes with special needs to establish and improve their swimming skills. Inspired by her uncle, a Navy vet who qualified for the state bowling competition with the Special Olympics, Alivia adapts her teaching techniques to match the abilities of each swimmer she works with.