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Distinguished Finalist

Alyssa Casa

Las Vegas, Nevada

Alyssa Casa, 17, of Las Vegas, Nevada, a senior at Casa Academy of Technology, completed a community service project called “Fashion And Hope,” through which she made fashionable hospital gowns for children with critical illnesses; her efforts included researching gown requirements, soliciting material donations, making the gowns and filming a tutorial so others could contribute. Alyssa also participated in a sea turtle rescue mission and conservation trip in Costa Rica through Girl Scouts.