It's been an amazing year for young people, and here at Huff Post Teen, we've been inspired by watching many of them dominate in fields ranging from entertainment to science to technology to sports -- and beyond.
Born in Sierra Leone during the civil war, Michaela De Prince grew up in an orphanage with her sister.
Her father had been killed by the rebels and her mother starved to death shortly after.
De Prince's time in the orphanage was made even more difficult by her vitiligo, a skin condition that causes light blotches on the skin, which caused her treated poorly and called "the devil's child." At just three years old, De Prince found a magazine picture of a beautiful ballet dancer and carried it around with her because she "saw hope in it." When was adopted by a family in the U. As a teenager, she was featured in the film "First Position," a 2011 American documentary.
She has now graduated from the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School and will continue her work at the Dance Theatre of Harlem.
"I did not think I was going to win a single award," he said to Intel.
"It's unbelievable, I can't believe this is happening to me.This means so much to me."This year, Pakistani teen activist Malala Yousafzai's crusade for girls' rights to education -- in the face of threats on her own life -- brought education and women's rights into the global spotlight.De Prince talked about being a role model to the Associated Press: "Because I've been through so much, I know now that I can make it and I can help other kids who have been in really bad situations realize that they can make it too." Fifteen-year-old Jack Andraka won the 2012 Intel Science Competition, the world's largest high school science research competition, for his groundbreaking research on pancreatic cancer.The Maryland high school student developed a test for pancreatic cancer that is 28 times cheaper and faster, and also 100 times more sensitive, than current tests.When his name was announced in June for the Grand Prize of ,000, the expression of pure elation on his face was priceless.A video showing his stunned reaction almost immediately went viral.