1. High school juniors dress as superheroes and perform random acts of kindness
Zade Abdullah and Kyle Nutt
“My parents always wanted me to do good, and 16-year-olds are stereotyped for being rotten kids”.
“We wanted to show people that all 16-year-olds are not like that. We can be good and do good in the community and make the world a better place.”
2. Teen sells graduation gift to buy a car for her friend’s family
Chandler Lacefield knew that her best friend’s family was in need of a second car, so she decided sell the Jeep that was just given to her as a graduation present. Chandler’s parents agreed, with the understanding that she would buy two cheaper cars and give one to her friend’s family.
3. Ninth-grader hailed as a hero in Pakistan for tackling a suicide bomber
“14-year-old Aitazaz Hassan Bangash is being hailed as a hero in Pakistan for tackling a suicide bomber — dying at the main gate of his school and saving schoolmates gathered for their morning assembly.
‘The other students backed off, but Aitazaz challenged the bomber and tried to catch him. During the scuffle, the bomber panicked and detonated his bomb,’ he said.”
4. Teen saves 93-year-old man from drowning
Alex Travis, 17, noticed a sinking car in a nearby reservoir and instinctively dove into the water to the rescue Stuart Deland, 93, from drowning.
With the car almost completely underwater, Alex broke the window and carried the man 15 feet to shore.
“It didn’t even feel real to me,” he said. “I didn’t really feel like it was that big of a deal. It was the right thing to do. It doesn’t make me a hero.”
5. 17-year-old gives back to the hospital that saved her life
Having suffered from a brain abscess at 10 years old, Keri Jucha is hoping to provide current patients with an updated play room. Now 17, Jucha wants to give back to the hospital that made her feel so welcome. To date she has raised more than $22,000 by selling handmade jewelry.
“My goal was to bring normalcy to the hospital,” she said. “For me, it wasn’t this big scary place where I’d never want to go back again. I want kids and patients to have as much fun as I did.”
6. 8-year-old gave his life saving six family members from a burning home
Tyler Doohan woke up six relatives who all made their way to safety. He then gave his life by heading back into the blaze to attempt to rescue his 57-year-old grandfather who was still asleep inside.
“He saved six people. They all would have died if he hadn’t woken up,” said Chris Ebmeyer, chief of the volunteer fire company.
7. Passionate student lectures teacher on the importance of education
Fighting for his education, Duncanville student Jeff Bliss educates his teacher on the importance of varied learning style and the responsibility entrusted to our educators.
8. First-grader shaves his head to support his best friend diagnosed with leukemia
When asked why he did it, Vincent replied , “to make Zac feel like he’s not the only one without any hair.”
Vincent also decided to raise money by selling scarves for $15. So far he has raised over $200 for Zac’s family.
9. 14-year-old offers to be taken hostage to save ten children from gunman
Seeing a second grade student grabbed at gunpoint, Gunja Sharma offered herself as a replacement.
“I pleaded with him to take me instead.”
She was chosen for the annual state bravery award for the year 2013.
10. Powerful video shares the story of Modjadji Ramphelo, the first child from her village to go to college
“I’m used as an example for everyone back home.”
11. Fifth grade football team stands up for bullied waterboy
After hearing that Danny, the team waterboy, was being bullied for wearing a suit and tie and having a speech impediment, the rest of his fifth-grade teammates all chose to sport suits and ties in a display of solidarity
12. 18-year-old walks 10 miles through snow to get to a job interview
Seeing Jhaqueil Reagan walking through the snow to a job interview, a local restaurant owner asked him why he didn’t take the bus. “I can’t afford the bus until I get a job,” the 18 year old responded.
After offering to drive the young man to his interview, the restaurant owner offered Reagan a job if his interview didn’t pan out.
13. High school student comes out during his graduation speech
“Sure, I’ve been in a few plays and musicals, but more importantly, I’ve been acting every single day of my life,”…”You see me acting the part of straight Jacob, when I am in fact LGBT… So take me, leave me or move me out of the way, because I am what I am.”
14. Malala Yousafzai is the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize at 16
Malala gained worldwide recognition for her BBC blog about the difficulties faced by women living under strict Muslim rule. In late 2012, Malala boarded her school bus and a gunman sent for her fired three shots into her head and neck.
On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart asked what she would do if a gunman attacked her again and she said “I would tell him how important education is and that I would even want education for your children as well. That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.”
15. Teenager invents computer algorithms to detect breast cancer and leukemia
Brittany Wenger won the Google Science Fair Grand Prize for a neural network that can correctly identity 99 percent of malignant tumors.
“The most amazing part about science is you can answer questions and really revolutionize the world and our knowledge base.”