13 Amazing Kids that Remind us of What Students are Capable of

May 30th, 2018 Mike Gecawich

Never underestimate your students. Need proof? Here are some youngsters throughout history who’ve gone above and beyond what is expected of them to defy odds and accomplish some miraculous feats.

Thomas Edison

You may know him for the invention of the light bulb, but did you know that at age 13 he already had his own newspaper printing company?

Jordan Romero and Malavath Purna

These two 13-year-olds are the youngest boy and girl to ever scale Mount Everest. Both had to train tirelessly and rise above all odds to achieve this dangerous feat.

Jeremiah and Joshua West

These brothers were just 8 and 6 years old when they founded the nonprofit organization, Champions of Change. Their mission is to inspire people of all ages to become change agents in their communities.

Laura Dekker

At the age of 14, Laura Dekker set out to be the youngest person to sail around the world alone. 518 days later, she earned that title!

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc was just 17 when she chopped off her hair, put on medieval armor, and led the French army to victory against the English.

Malala Yousafzai

At age 11, Malala began to fight for girls’ rights to education against the Taliban in Pakistan. After surviving multiple assassination attempts, she became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Ryan Hreljac

At age 6, Ryan was shocked to learn how far kids in Africa had to walk to fetch water, started an organization to build wells that has since brought access to clean water and sanitation to more than 800,000 people across Africa.

Akrit Jaswal

Akrit Jaswal was only seven years old when he performed surgery for the first time, operating on the hands of a young female burn victim. He is now working on a cure for cancer.

Abbie Weeks

18 year old Abbie was inspired by the natural world and acted to protect it by creating the nonprofit Ecological Action that provides solar energy to underprivileged communities.

Jane Haubrich

During Hurricane Irene, 5-year-old Jane Haubrich took her stuffed dog toy and filmed her own segments about the effects of Irene which CNN aired internationally, making her the youngest news reporter ever.

Kathryn Aurora Gray

At age 10, Kathryn was studying images taken at an amateur astronomy observatory when she discovered a magnitude 17 supernova, making a big name for herself in the world of astronomy.

Zora Ball

At 7-years-old, Zora was the youngest person to ever create a mobile video game. Her game was unveiled at the University of Pennsylvania in 2013.

Sydney Dittman

At age 2, Sydney wanted to get into kitchen drawers that her parents had told her to stay out of, so she devised a contraption to do so out of toy parts. 2 years later she became the youngest person to be granted a patent.

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