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Distinguished Finalist

Joseph Zhong

Omaha, Nebraska

Joseph Zhong, 16, of Omaha, Nebraska, a junior at Millard North High School, founded and runs “Joys of Music,” an organization that connects young people and senior citizens through music; he and his group of 20 musicians have performed live music for more than 500 residents of senior living communities. Joseph, who plays the violin, was first inspired to start this organization in honor of his grandmother, who immigrated to the United States from China and helped raise him.