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Distinguished Finalist

Claire Kenney

Tupelo, Mississippi

Claire Kenney, 16, of Tupelo, Mississippi, a sophomore at Tupelo High School, created “Waves for Change,” a club at her high school that collects and recycles single-use plastics at the sports fields in her community; her efforts with the club include distributing and collecting recycling receptacles and posting informational signs. Claire first started this initiative after speaking with her town’s mayor and parks and recreation department and discovering there wasn’t a recycling program in place.