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10 Teens That Will Inspire You

Each story is different. But they all have one thing in common — awesomeness.

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1. Neveah Mosher, 13

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Neveah wants to be the first person in her family to go to college, so she learns as much as she can by reading over 300 books a year.

2. Kuha'o Case, 16

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About four years ago, Kuha'o started teaching himself how to play the piano. But with limited access to one, he was only able to practice a few hours each week. So he started a Kickstarter campaign that helped him acquire his own piano, and release his first album. And as if that’s not inspiring enough, Kuha'o is blind.

3. Tavi Gevinson, 17

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Tavi got her start as a fashion blogger at age 9 and is now the founder and editor-in-chief of Rookie Magazine.

4. Jack Andraka, 15

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Jack discovered a faster and less expensive test for pancreatic cancer.

5. Tallia Storm, 14

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After a bold move of leaving her CD with Sir Elton John's partner, David Furnish, in a hotel restaurant; Strom received a call from Sir Elton. He told her she has one of the most exciting vocal signatures he’s heard in years. As a result, Tallia opened a show for Sir Elton in Summer 2012.

6. Will Fahey, 17

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Will Fahey is a football fanatic, plays football, and has cerebral palsy.

7. Kelvin Doe, 15

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A self-taught engineer from Sierra Leone, Kelvin made a battery to power the lights in his village’s homes from metal and wire scraps, a FM radio transmitter to disseminate news, and a generator to power the device.

8. Julia Bluhm, 14

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Bluhm started a petition asking Seventeen to commit to unaltered photos and showcasing a "diverse range of beauty." The petition gained 84,000+ signatures, and Seventeen introduced the "Body Peace Treaty" in its August issue.

9. Alec Urbach, 16

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Since Alec founded Giving from the Ground Up, he’s helped 205,000 children, opened two government-approved Science Elementary Schools and funded two new wells.

10. The people who help spread the Above the Influence message.

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