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Laura Kirsch
School: Ward Melville High School
College: Cornell University

Kirsch's accomplishments include being a champion for her brother who is autistic, creating a team for the annual Autism Walk and raising $45,000 for autism research. She started a mentoring program for autistic students, Friendship Circle. She is also vice president of the Key Club; a member of the varsity track and cross country teams; volunteers as a coach for a special-needs running team; and is a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do. (June 6, 2011)

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(Credit: Ed Betz)

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