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Distinguished Finalist

Maria Wajahat

Plymouth , Minnesota

Maria Wajahat, 15, of Plymouth, Minnesota, a junior at Wayzata High School, helped establish and fundraise for “Zoya Pediatric Palliative Care,” an endowment that funds training for palliative care specialists; she has helped recruit volunteers, spread awareness of the endowment, solicit donations and organize annual fundraising dinners and regular bake sales in her community. Maria and her family started this endowment in honor of Maria’s sister, who died from cancer in 2015.