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Distinguished Finalist

Vishali Sutharsan

Boise, Idaho

Vishali Sutharsan, 14, of Boise, Idaho, a freshman at Les Bois Junior High School, volunteers in a variety of ways to benefit people with special needs in her community; she raised more than $1,000 for Autism Speaks and founded the “Sunflower Lunch Bunch,” which connects volunteers with students who have special needs. Vishali also regularly spends time in her school’s special education classroom, visiting with students and helping them complete adaptive physical education exercises.