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Distinguished Finalist

Victoria Orcutt

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Victoria Orcutt, 18, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, a senior at Fort Walton Beach High School, created “Vikings Take Five to Save Lives” to promote mental health awareness during Suicide Prevention Week at her high school; she and volunteers put up posters, organized a hand-painting activity, put positive notes on students’ lockers and organized a “mile for mental health” run. Victoria was inspired to start this project after losing a friend to suicide.