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Distinguished Finalist

Madeline Hoffman

Fountainville, Pennsylvania

Madeline Hoffman, 16, of Fountainville, Pennsylvania, a junior at Pennridge High School, started and runs “Buddee Bags,” an initiative through which she donates homemade crafts to people in need, including wheelchair and walker bags, pillowcases, comfort pillows, hospital bed bags and drawstring bags. Originally inspired by a friend of her grandmother’s who needed a new bag to help her adjust to using a walker and wheelchair, Madeline has recruited members of a national sewing guild to contribute to her project.