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Distinguished Finalist

Hannah Wani

Houston, Texas

Hannah Wani, 16, of Houston, Texas, a junior at Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions, co-founded and runs “Student for Cause (SFC),” a nonprofit that has donated uniforms, school supplies and extracurricular activity dues to more than 800 students in her community. Hannah, who raised money by soliciting donations from her community, as well from companies, said she was inspired to start this project after learning that more than 70 percent of students in her school district are considered economically disadvantaged.