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Distinguished Finalist

Anna Wilkes

Pelham, Alabama

Anna Wilkes, 18, of Pelham, Alabama, a senior at Pelham High School, helped create a community service project, “Kits For Kids,” that provided backpacks filled with clothes, toys and hygiene products to children in the foster care system; her efforts included running a fundraising campaign and organizing a toy and clothing drive. Anna and her service group ultimately raised more than $2,400, which they used to buy additional materials and donate to a foster care agency.