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Distinguished Finalist

Skye Walker

Atlanta, Georgia

Skye Walker, 18, of Atlanta, Georgia, a member of YMCA of Metro Atlanta and a senior at North Atlanta High School, started and runs “H2O Life,” which has provided free water safety training and swimming lessons to more than 230 African American children in her community; she also secured sponsorships to help four volunteers earn their lifeguard certification. Skye was inspired to start this program after learning about the high incidence of accidental drowning among African American youth.