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Distinguished Finalist

John Wahlig

Falmouth, Maine

John Wahlig, 17, of Falmouth, Maine, a senior at Falmouth High School, regularly volunteers his time to several STEM-related initiatives; he established a high school computer programming club, organized a state-wide hackathon and is the founder of “Girls Code,” through which he has taught software programming to more than 20 elementary school students. Initially inspired by his little sister, who wanted to learn how to code, John is currently expanding his Girls Code curriculum to include robotics.