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Distinguished Finalist

Georgia Turpin

Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Georgia Turpin, 16, of Harrodsburg, Kentucky, a member of Mercer County 4-H and a senior at Mercer County Senior High School, runs “Mission: Shared Smile,” an organization that delivers handmade cards to children who are undergoing medical treatment; she has recruited students from local elementary and middle schools, church groups and her 4-H club to make more than 700 cards, and plans to expand her project to other states. Georgia was inspired to start this project after being evaluated for a tumor at the University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital and discovering it was benign.