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Distinguished Finalist

Anna Rose Ford

Kent, Ohio

Anna Rose Ford, 18, of Kent, Ohio, a senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School, started and runs the “Hope Tree Project,” educating other young people about the impact of drug use through a presentation and “hope tree”-building craft project; she has spoken to more than 5,000 people and raised more than $30,000 to benefit The Ohio House, which serves people fighting addiction. Anna, whose brother stayed at The Ohio House and has been drug-free for five years, started this project to share the impact addiction has on a family.