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Distinguished Finalist

Sophia Strand

Frazee, Minnesota

Sophia Strand, 12, of Frazee, Minnesota, a seventh-grader at Frazee High School, has organized several fundraising events, including an annual cupcake bake sale and an event called “Hornets, Hoops, and Hope” that features local basketball players, to benefit both the American Cancer Society and people with cancer. Inspired by a teacher with cancer, Sophia has distributed flyers, solicited donations from local businesses and helps organize the events themselves.