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Distinguished Finalist

Delaney Barghols

Edmond, Oklahoma

Delaney Barghols, 18, of Edmond, Oklahoma, a senior at Crossings Christian School, hosted TEDxYouth@OKC, which featured 19 teen speakers who shared their stories about mental illness; her efforts included applying for a license, securing an event space, recruiting volunteers and speakers, and building an informational website. Inspired by her own experience with anxiety and anorexia, and the prevalence of youth mental illness, Delaney organized the event to help lift the stigma around the topic.