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Distinguished Finalist

Claire Pugh

Oxford, Mississippi

Claire Pugh, 14, of Oxford, Mississippi, an eighth-grader at Lafayette Middle School, started “Circle of Friends,” a club in her school district that pairs students with and without special needs; her efforts include gaining administrative support, securing grants, recruiting volunteers, pairing “buddies” and organizing a field trip to see an ice show. Circle of Friends has impacted the lives of more than 80 students in grades 3-12.