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Time Magazine Names 25 Most Influential Teens

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 27:  U.S. President Barack Obama's daughters Malia Obama (R), 15, and Sasha Obama, 12, participate in the pardoning of the 2013 National Thanksgiving Turkey, "Popcorn" on the North Portico of the White House November 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A 38-pound, full-grown Broad Breasted White domesticated turkey, "Popcorn" and its alternate "Caramel" will be sent to live at Mount Vernon, the estate and home of George Washington.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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On Monday, Time magazine released their top 25 Most Influential Teens list, and one thing was pretty clear from the get-go: 2014 is definitely the Year of the Girl. In total, twenty noteworthy females top the unranked list, and each one of them is more impressive than the next. But in all in all, the list ran the gamut from fierce athletes to talented singers to entrepreneurs.

So who exactly nabbed the coveted spots? The list includes the Obama girls (Malia, 16, and Sasha, 13), as well as Grammy-winning 17-year-old Lorde, most famous for her impossibly catchy song “Royals” and unconventional style. A well-deserved shout-out also went to 13-year-old pitching phenom Mo’Ne Davis (who, if you remember, did this) and 18-year-old fashion writer Tavi Gevinson, who has been beguiling fans with her online fashion mag Rookie since 2011.

Seventeen-year-old education activist Malala Yousafzai also earned a spot on the roster, which is no surprise since the teen’s whirlwind rise to fame reached a pinnacle last week after she won the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.

There were some lesser-known names on the list, too, like 14-year-old transgender activist Jazz Jennings and Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong, who is 18. Irish teens Ciara Judge, 16, Emer Hickey, 17, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, were also noted for their ground-breaking discovery of bacteria that takes nitrogen from the atmosphere and deposits it into the soil.

Some Internet superstars also got mentions, like Vine video extraordinaire Nash Grier, 16, and YouTube fashion/style guru Bethany Mota, 18. According to Time, all teens were chosen after analyzing their social media following, business successes and cultural importance.

We’re not sure what you were doing at 15, but we can definitely say these kids far surpass our modest teenage accomplishments.

You can read the full list of names over at Time.

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