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Distinguished Finalist

Irene Hwang

Ramsey, New Jersey

Irene Hwang, 17, of Ramsey, New Jersey, a senior at Bergen County Academies, regularly volunteers her time to One2One, a nonprofit organization that offers language classes and community services to the Hispanic population in Nyack, New York; she gives English lessons to small groups on a weekly basis featuring information about immigrant rights. Though lessons are primarily conducted in English, Irene uses skills from her advanced Spanish class to explain key concepts in her students’ native language.