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Distinguished Finalist

Hannah Edelstein

Brownsville, Texas

Hannah Edelstein, 17, of Brownsville, Texas, a senior at Veterans Memorial Early College High School, renovated the laundry facilities at a women’s shelter in her community; her efforts included spreading awareness of the center’s needs, soliciting donations to cover the cost of commercial-grade washers and dryers, and helping complete the renovation itself. Hannah was inspired to start this project after learning that women at the shelter previously had to take the bus to a laundromat.