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Distinguished Finalist

Patrick Boland

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Patrick Boland, 16, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, a sophomore at Connections Academy, founded “Ferocious Fighters,” a nonprofit that has sent about 1,000 care packages to children with a neurological condition called complex regional pain syndrome; his efforts include recruiting volunteers, collecting donations and organizing packaging events. Patrick, who has the condition, also offers support and solidarity by managing online support groups and sending letters to each care package recipient.