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Distinguished Finalist

Mara Andersen

Freeman, South Dakota

Mara Andersen, 17, of Freeman, South Dakota, a senior at Freeman High School, co-founded and organizes the annual “Freeman Triathlon” and 5K run/walk; along with advertising the event, she has helped secure business sponsorships, determine the race route, advertise the event, register participants and recruit volunteers. Mara started the triathlon five years ago with a friend, when they were unable to find one that accepted child participants; the race has since raised more than $8,000 to benefit a variety of causes.