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Distinguished Finalist

Kylie Beelner

Kingsley, Iowa

Kylie Beelner, 16, of Kingsley, Iowa, a member of Plymouth County 4-H and a junior at Kingsley-Pierson High School, has created and donated more than 35 sleeping mats crocheted out of recycled plastic bags to people experiencing homelessness. For her project, Kylie has spread awareness of her mission, recruited and trained volunteers, collected plastic bag donations and helped source fabric scraps for a woman who sews homemade quilts as part of her initiative.