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Distinguished Finalist

Forest Chen

Knoxville, Tennessee

Forest Chen, 17, of Knoxville, Tennessee, a senior at Farragut High School, founded and runs the “East Tennessee Chess Club,” through which he holds regular tournaments, gives free chess lessons to young people at a local church, and has raised and donated more than $8,000 to benefit various causes. Forest, whose club now includes more than 100 members, was first inspired to start this initiative because of the lack of chess-related opportunities in his community.