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Distinguished Finalist

Emily Averbach

Short Hills, New Jersey

Emily Averbach, 18, of Short Hills, New Jersey, a senior at Winston Preparatory School, started “Help For The Homeless,” a project that supports people experiencing homelessness; she has collected and distributed more than 7,000 travel-sized toiletries, 600 pairs of socks and nearly 600 sack lunches and snacks. Emily has recruited more than 200 people to help collect and assemble hygiene kits, and runs a social media account to raise awareness of homelessness.