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Distinguished Finalist

Sahana Sasikumar

Bellevue, Washington

Sahana Sasikumar, 16, of Bellevue, Washington, a junior at Interlake High School, launched two initiatives to provide STEM opportunities to girls: “Legion of Bot,” a program she co-founded that builds and showcases interactive robots, and “STEMACA,” a nonprofit she started that’s provided computer programming education resources to numerous schools and libraries around the U.S. and in three other countries. Sahana started this activity after noticing she was one of very few girls participating in robotics and tech-related competitions.