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Date:9/15/2009

nearly twenty countries in tackling problems such as poverty, education, and health care in their communities.

Otana Jakpor, age 15, of Riverside, CA, whose in-depth research on the harmful amounts of ozone emitted from portable air purifiers has led to a statewide ban of these devices in California.

Jonathan Leung, age 18, of Wynnewood, PA, who created "Helping Hunger," a student-driven organization that "rescues" food from caterers and restaurants and transports it to soup kitchens and homeless shelters.

Becca Robison, age 18, of Layton, UT, who created "AstroTots Space Camp for Little Dippers," a free science camp for disadvantaged girls that is now offered in cities across the U.S.

Adarsha Shivakumar, age 15, and Apoorva Rangan, age 14, of Pleasant Hill, CA, who co-founded "Project Jatropha" to promote the use of the Jatropha plant as an eco-friendly and economically sustainable source of biofuel in rural India.

Rachel Siegel, age 14, of Dallas, TX, who has written a book profiling non-Jews who rescued Jews during the Holocaust. Through sales of her book, she has raised $13,000 to help support elderly non-Jewish rescuers, most of whom are living in anonymity in Europe.

Katie Stagliano, age 10, of Summerville, SC, who has rallied hundreds of community members to assist in the creation of several large-scale vegetable gardens to help feed the hungry.

Sujay Tyle, age 15, of Pittsford, NY, who has invented a technique using genetically-modified bacteria to convert waste into ethanol at a fraction of its current cost. Sujay has also founded "Big Hearted with Style," a non-profit organization that provides sight-saving eye surgeries for disadvantaged children in Southern Asia.

The winners of the Young Heroes Award, both past and present, represent the great diversity of America. They are female and male, urban and rur
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