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Distinguished Finalist

Kathryn Wittrock

Urbandale, Iowa

Kathryn Wittrock, 16, of Urbandale, Iowa, a senior at Valley High School, created and runs “Recycling Instruments for Needy Kids (RINKS),” a nonprofit through which she has collected and redistributed more than 30 musical instruments to kids in her community. Kathryn has partnered with several local organizations and more than 50 band directors to solicit donations and identify students who can benefit from her initiative, and plans to continue this program when she goes to college.