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Distinguished Finalist

Elizabeth Nichols

Akron, Ohio

Elizabeth Nichols, 17, of Akron, Ohio, a senior at Woodridge High School, regularly volunteers her time at One of a Kind Pets, a no-kill animal shelter in her community; as a “garage cat caretaker,” she medicates, vaccinates and feeds the cats, replaces litter boxes and bedding, and cleans cages – all aiming to help keep the cats healthy and ready for adoption. Elizabeth grew up with pets in her home and started this volunteer activity with her mom.