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Distinguished Finalist

Joaquin Gomez

New Orleans, Louisiana

Joaquin Gomez, 17, of New Orleans, Louisiana, a senior at Benjamin Franklin High School, helps lead The Gateway Program, an initiative that offers weekly introductory engineering sessions over a five-month period to underserved middle school students interested in STEM subjects; along with teaching lessons, he also helped recruit volunteers and secure grant funding for the project. Joaquin also helps run “The Fast Start,” a one-day event that gives instruction and support to middle school robotics teams.