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Distinguished Finalist

Payten Lewis

Minden, Nevada

Payten Lewis, 18, of Minden, Nevada, a senior at Douglas High School, has volunteered more than 100 hours of her time to benefit her community’s suicide prevention network; along with making signs for the organization’s annual walk, she recruited volunteers and participants and helped host their “Gotta Dance” fundraising event. Payten was first inspired to start volunteering her time toward this cause by her grandmother, who is the director of their local suicide prevention network.