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Distinguished Finalist

Elliot Shin

Portland, Oregon

Elliot Shin, 17, of Portland, Oregon, a junior at Lincoln High School, is the founder and president of “Olivenbaum,” a nonprofit that provides academic tutoring and music lessons to refugees in the Portland area; his oboe performances in a dozen benefit concerts have helped to raise more than $30,000 to fund three scholarships and purchase instruments for program participants. Elliot was first inspired to start his nonprofit after learning about the experiences of his grandmother, a refugee from North Korea.