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Distinguished Finalist

Mackenzie Martin

Royal Oak, Michigan

Mackenzie Martin, 17, of Oakland County, Michigan, a junior at Detroit Country Day School, co-founded “MK Blanket Wraps,” through which she has sewn and distributed more than 700 warm, colorful fleece wraps to people experiencing homelessness. Mackenzie, who started the project with her younger sister, has also hosted summer classes at shelters to teach residents how to sew; they are currently expanding their impact by recruiting other sewing teachers to run similar classes in additional shelters.