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Distinguished Finalist

Kayla Austin

Bolingbrook, Illinois

Kayla Austin, 16, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, a junior at Cranbrook Schools, has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time to fight gun violence and encourage teen activism; she raised money to host two screenings of the film “The Hate U Give,” followed by panel discussions with 300 young people in Chicago and Detroit. Kayla also developed and facilitated four “How to be a Teen Advocate” workshops at teen leadership conferences across the country.