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Distinguished Finalist

Lauren Sexton

Williamstown, West Virginia

Lauren Sexton, 17, of Williamstown, West Virginia, a home-schooled junior, co-founded “Generations Unite,” a group that has performed variety shows at nearly 20 nursing homes in her community; she recruits other performers, writes dialogue, coordinates rehearsals, connects with activities directors and sews costumes for the performances. Lauren, who started Generations Unite with her sister, also researches and learns how to play music that was popular during audience members’ youth.