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Distinguished Finalist

Isabella Paoletti-Tejeda

Yorba Linda, California

Isabella Paoletti-Tejeda, 18, of Yorba Linda, California, a senior at Rosary Academy, started “Read a Story, Change a Life,” a literacy intervention program that offers storytelling and writing workshops to children from underserved communities; her efforts include securing more than $40,000 in grants and donations, creating training and instructional materials and spreading awareness of her cause. Isabella’s initiative includes more than 120 volunteers and has benefitted more than 2,000 children.