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Distinguished Finalist

Aarti Arasada

Monroe, Connecticut

Aarti Arasada, 18, of Monroe, Connecticut, a senior at Masuk High School, is the president of the “Memory Matters” club at her high school, through which she has volunteered hundreds of hours visiting patients with dementia at her local senior center and organizing fundraising events to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Aarti was first inspired to start volunteering after her grandmother was diagnosed with dementia.