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Distinguished Finalist

Cole Meyer

Hutchinson, Minnesota

Cole Meyer, 18, of Hutchinson, Minnesota, a senior at Hutchinson High School, started “Warm the Homeless,” through which he organized a sock and blanket drive to benefit people experiencing homelessness, collecting more than 240 blankets and 780 pairs of socks; his efforts include printing and distributing flyers, partnering with local businesses to set up donation boxes and sorting donations. Cole is also planning an event at his high school where volunteers can make tie blankets to donate.