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Distinguished Finalist

Mahathi Mangipudi

Bellevue, Washington

Mahathi Mangipudi, 16, of Bellevue, Washington, a junior at Interlake High School, has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time as an environmental advocate in her community; she developed and shares a student-led climate action plan, partnered with local teachers to develop curricula that promote sustainability, and has testified before her city council to encourage environmental action. Mahathi has also conducted habitat restorations and monitored streams as an intern at an environmental education center.