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Distinguished Finalist

Caden Rardon

Lathrop, Missouri

Caden Rardon, 18, of Lathrop, Missouri, a senior at Lathrop High School, donated 24 “sensory kits” to his local elementary school, designed to help students dealing with sensory challenges; he first surveyed teachers to identify needed items such as stress squeeze items and noise-cancelling headphones, solicited donations from local businesses and community members, then assembled each kit. Caden, who also regularly volunteers as a Unified Partner for the Special Olympics, hopes to become an elementary or special education teacher.