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Distinguished Finalist

Anushka Sikdar

Mobile , Alabama

Anushka Sikdar, 17, of Mobile, Alabama, a junior at Alabama School of Mathematics & Science, founded “Light The Way,” through which she has donated more than 500 homemade pillows to children with cancer; along with sewing the pillows, she has held pillow-making events and fabric drives, and auctioned off pillows to raise money for the Mitchell Cancer Institute. Anushka was inspired to start this initiative after her brother died from acute lymphocytic leukemia.