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Distinguished Finalist

Natalie Hernandez

Rogers, Arkansas

Natalie Hernandez, 18, of Rogers, Arkansas, a senior at Don Tyson School of Innovation, is the creator and leader of “Coding Takes Flight,” an educational program that has offered hourlong block coding sessions to more than 1,000 girls from local elementary schools. Natalie was inspired to start this project after being one of only two female students in her high school programming class; she hopes to help participants expand their interest in STEM-related fields and gain confidence in their new skillset.