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Distinguished Finalist

Alexandra Collins

Hinsdale, Illinois

Alexandra Collins, 15, of Hinsdale, Illinois, a sophomore at Hinsdale Central High School, started an initiative called “Students Against Ethylene Oxide (SAEtO)” with her sister, helping to fight the emission of a dangerous gas in her community; she spread awareness, organized a letter-writing campaign and protests, attended hearings and lobbied government officials. Alexandra and her organization have expanded to support legislation to ban similar emissions across the country.