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Distinguished Finalist

Shristi Sharma

Fairfield, Iowa

Shristi Sharma, 16, of Fairfield, Iowa, a junior at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, leads two “Girls Who Code” clubs in her community, which teach computer programming to girls in grades 3-12; she has also established a free online program to teach similar skills to kids in India. To run her clubs, which have benefitted more than 50 students so far, Shristi ran promotional campaigns, secured grant funding and regularly develops lessons tailored to participants’ interests.