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Distinguished Finalist

Dyson Chee

Honolulu, Hawaii

Dyson Chee, 17, of Honolulu, Hawaii, a home-schooled senior, founded “Project O.C.E.A.N.,” through which he has educated thousands of people about the environmental impact of single-use plastics; he has also distributed more than 1,800 reusable straws, worked with schools to eliminate their use of single-use plastic bags, and testified before the state legislature about this issue. Dyson has given educational presentations in more than 60 classrooms and community events, and has raised more than $3,500 for his project.