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Distinguished Finalist

Joseph McCoy

Manchester, Vermont

Joseph McCoy, 17, of Manchester, Vermont, a senior at Burr and Burton Academy, collaborated with his school’s athletic and special education departments to create a Unified basketball team, which includes both student athlete volunteers and students with disabilities. Inspired by his mother, who works with children with cognitive disabilities, Joseph established the team by recruiting volunteers, organizing a practice and game schedule and by coaching players on a weekly basis.