Category Archives: Youngest in the class

Johnny Strange

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Johnny Strange, 17, is the youngest person to climb seven summits.”] This is a first. I get to feature someone who beat the world record of another young person I featured. Samantha Larson was one of our … Continue reading

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Elena Hight

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Elena Hight, 19, is an Olympic snowboarder.”] I didn’t know what a “backside 900” was before I started reading about how Elena Hight became the first female to land one in the 2007 Winter X-Games. Apparently, it’s … Continue reading

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Kelly Evans

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Kelly Evans, 23, reports on the economy for the Wall Street Journal.”] Like many families, Kelly Evans’ considered talking about money taboo. To them, financial news seemed lofty and inaccessible. Fast-forward to 2009 and you’ll find her … Continue reading

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Blake Taylor

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Blake Taylor, 18, is the author of ‘ADHD & Me: What I Learned from Lighting Fires at the Dinner Table.’”] Yes, he set fire to the dinner table with contact lens solution. Yes, he stayed in on the … Continue reading

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Jason Rae

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”The 2008 presidential election is the first that superdelegate Jason Rae will be able to vote in.”] Not too many kids tell their parents who to vote for when they are 5 years old or ask their fourth-grade … Continue reading

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Stephanie Mockler

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Stephanie Mockler, 20, got the racing bug when she was 6 and went on to become a record-setting driver.”] In real life, her first car was a Volkswagen bug when she was 16. In her racing life, Stephanie … Continue reading

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Marianna Palka

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Marianna Palka is an actress, writer and director.”] The U.S. Drama category is one of the most prestigious at Sundance. At 26, Marianna Palka is the youngest filmmaker with “Good Dick,” a modern-day fairy tale of a boy … Continue reading

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Tadashi Nakamura and Yasmin Fedda

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption=”Tadashi Nakamura,left, and Yasmin Fedda are both featured in the Short Film Category at Sundance this year.”] The Short Film Category at Sundance is full of talented filmmakers, and Tadashi Nakamura and Yasmin Fedda, both 27, are two … Continue reading

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