6 Tween Girls that inspired us in 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, we are celebrating a few of the tween girls that inspired us this past year! 

6 Tween Girls That Inspired Us in 2017

1. Jesselyn Silva

Photo from the New York Times

A short film came out this year featuring 10-year-old boxer, Jesselyn Silva, also known as JessZilla. This girl that is competing in a male-dominated sport has her eyes set on the 2024 Olympics. Her story inspired girl athletes everywhere to break gender stereotypes!

“I never, ever, ever, ever, ever, maybe like 100 evers, think anything’s too difficult for me.”
— Jesselyn Silva

2 .Gitanjali Rao

Photo from 3M 

Gitanjali Rao, was named "America's Top Young Scientist" at only 11-years-old. After learning about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, she took what she knew about lead test strips and put it to work. She knew these strips were not always accurate, were often expensive (and thus not accessible to everyone), and usually had to be sent to a lab.

"My solution uses carbon nanotubes to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques. It has a carbon Gitanjal sensor, to which special atoms are added that react to lead." The device then connects to an app she developed to give the results. 

Gitanjali entered her idea into 3M competition for young inventors. She was paired with a mentor from 3M for three months and was able to make a prototype of her device  that she named Tethys, after the Greek Goddess of fresh water.

“I went, ‘Well, this is not a reliable process and I’ve got to do something to change this.’
— Gitanjali Rao

Her prototype won first place and $25,000 in 3M competition for young scientists. She says that she is going to use the most of her winnings for further development so it can be available commercially soon. 

Photo from 3M 

3. Jordan Reeves 

Photo from Elle UK 

Jordan Reeves is an 11-year-old inventor that created a prosthetic arm that shoots glitter! Reeves was born with just one arm and invented what she is called “Project Unicorn” to put on her own arm.

She was inspired when someone asked her, "If you were a superhero, how would you take advantage of your difference?” She said that she wanted an arm that would shoot sparkles. So she made one with a 3D printer! She even was able to pitch her invention to Shark Tank investors on the Rachel Ray show! 

You can never be mad with sparkles.
— Jordan Reeves

Jordan has invented other devices and we are excited to see what she will come up with next! 


4. Angelica Hale

Angelica Hale competed on the 12th season of America's Got Talent and received second place, the youngest person to ever to do so at 10-years-old.

Not only did she inspire everyone with her voice, she inspired us with her story. At the age of four she received a life-saving kidney transplant. She now gives back to organizations and hospitals that helped her by performing at fundraising events.

Whether I win or lose, I will still be a winner in my heart.
— Angelica Hale

5. Brighton Zeuner

Photo by Patrick O'Dell 

Days after turning 13, Brighton Zeuner became the youngest person to win a gold medal at the X Games. Brighton was the 4th youngest to compete ever! The win comes after a 4th place finish at the X games last year when she was only 11-years-old.

This accomplished tween has won multiple competitions this year, is ranked 28th overall in the world, and is sponsored by huge companies. She's seen as a powerful competitor against people even twice her age, and is blazing a trail for girl and woman athletes everywhere.

I think girls need to find something they love. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as you are passionate about it. Having fun is the key, while being progressive at your art, sport or passion. Moving forward. Never give up!
— Brighton Zeuner 

6. Mari Copeny - Little Miss Flint 

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10-year-old Mari Copeny, a resident of Flint, Michigan, has been an activist for her city since she was 8-years-old. At that time, she asked President Obama via letter to meet her in D.C. to watch the congressional hearings on the Flint water crisis. He responded to her and said that he was coming to Flint to help. 

After meeting President Obama and being a voice during the Flint crisis, she became know as LIttle Miss Flint because of her activism to make sure that her community had the resources they need. She currently works with an organization called Pack Your Back to pack backpacks with school supplies for the children of Flint. 

You can support her current GoFundMe campaign here.

There is so much you can do as a kid to really help change your community and the world. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t change the world because you can.
— Mari Copeny