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Distinguished Finalist

Veronica Garcia

Artesia, New Mexico

Veronica Garcia, 18, of Artesia, New Mexico, a senior at Artesia High School, has organized a food drive with her Girl Scout troop for the last five years, collecting and distributing Thanksgiving meals for families in the community. Inspired by her father, who benefited from a similar program as a child, Veronica partnered with local business, churches and social services to assemble and deliver 20 Thanksgiving baskets in 2019.