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Distinguished Finalist

Ava Librizzi

Warwick, Rhode Island

Ava Librizzi, 18, of Warwick, Rhode Island, a senior at Saint Raphael Academy, founded and runs “Help A Hero,” a nonprofit through which she has collected and donated winter coats, boots and hats to veterans experiencing housing insecurity; her efforts include running drives at her church, soliciting donations from her community and spreading awareness of her cause. Ava was inspired to start Help A Hero after seeing veterans experiencing homelessness while visiting New York City.