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Distinguished Finalist

Grace Desserich

Cincinnati, Ohio

Grace Desserich, 17, of Cincinnati, Ohio, a senior at Wyoming High School, runs “The HeArt Auction,” an annual event featuring art by children with brain cancer that has raised more than $25,000 to benefit cancer research; her efforts include promoting the event, sending canvases and art supplies to participating children, and running in-person and online auctions. Grace started this initiative in honor of her sister, Elena, who died from brain cancer at age 6.