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Distinguished Finalist

Claire Shao

Wexford, Pennsylvania

Claire Shao, 16, of Wexford, Pennsylvania, a junior at North Allegheny Senior High School, co-founded “Steel City Codes,” a nonprofit that offers free summer computer science camps to more than 450 students; she secured sponsorships and equipment, recruited 75 high school volunteers and organized lunches for participants. Claire and two friends were inspired to start this project for elementary and middle school students because their local school district doesn’t offer computer science electives until high school.