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Distinguished Finalist

Azaria Cherry

Norfolk, Virginia

Azaria Cherry, 15, of Norfolk, Virginia, a sophomore at Maury High School, started and runs “ZincGirlz,” holding regular meetings and STEM-related workshops for elementary school girls from underserved communities; she has also donated care packages for people experiencing homelessness, backpacks to students in need, and 100 copies of “The King of Kindergarten” to local kindergarten classrooms. Azaria started ZincGirlz to encourage young girls’ interest in STEM fields.