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Distinguished Finalist

Ishan Goyal

San Jose, California

Ishan Goyal, 15, of San Jose, California, a sophomore at Lynbrook High School, runs “Essentials For Homeless,” a nonprofit dedicated to collecting and donating toiletry items to homeless shelters; along with running toiletry drives in his own community, he has helped establish more than 30 chapters of his organization across seven states and four countries. Ishan has personally collected more than 10,000 hygiene items, including more than 2,000 pounds of towels, bedsheets and blankets.