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Distinguished Finalist

Marlie McClung

Tishomingo, Mississippi

Marlie McClung, 17, of Tishomingo, Mississippi, a senior at Belmont School, is a youth activist who spreads awareness of the dangers of teen tobacco use; her efforts include giving presentations at her high school and a local elementary school, starting an anti-tobacco student club and serving on a local youth advocacy team and mayoral health council. Marlie also participates in an annual “Kick Butts Day,” encouraging other young people to pledge not to smoke or vape in the future.