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Distinguished Finalist

Gwendolyn Morgan-Flowers

Ft Defiance, Arizona

Gwendolyn Morgan-Flowers, 17, of Fort Defiance, Arizona, a senior at St. Michael Indian School, created the “Native American Music Fund (NAMF),” a nonprofit organization that has offered free musical instruments, lessons and cultural field trips to more than 400 children on her Navajo reservation. To establish the program, Gwendolyn sent out letters, solicited donations on social media and applied for grants; in her first year, she raised enough to buy and distribute 100 guitars and keyboards.