It’s that time again! TIME Magazine has released their annual 2016-30 Most Influential teens list and it’s quite the compilation of Nobel Peace Prize winners, actors, activists, entrepreneurs, athletes, models, and musicians. These 30 young people were chosen for the prestigious honor as a result of their “professional” feats as well as their “global impact through social media and overall ability to drive news.”

Some recognizable teens that made the list are Olympian Simone Biles, (19), and her Final Five teammate Laura Hernandez, (17), along with 18-year-old actor, entrepreneur, and rapper Jaden Smith.  Two of the lists favorites, hailed by TIME Magazine as “budding American icons”, are role models Sasha, (15), and Malia Obama, (17), honored for their activism.


Additionally, Disney Channel favorite Skai Jackson, (14), and Black-ish star 16-year-old Yara Shahidi made the cut as well.

Who else made the top 30 you ask…well, here are just a few of the other names that made this year’s list:

Dancer Maddie Ziegler, 14

Chef Logan Guleff, 14

Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, 14

Gladiator Lacrosse entrepreneur Rachel Zietz, 16

Scientist Kiara Nirghin, 16

Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim, 16

CoverGirl’s first CoverBoy James Charles, 17

Competitive video game player Sumail Hassan, 17

LGBT activist Gavin Grimm, 17

Actress Amandla Stenberg, 17

Flogg founder Ben Pasternak, 17

Singer Zara Larsson, 18

Olympic swimmer Katie Ledecky, 18

Olympic Swimmer Yusra Mardini, 18

Teal founder George Matus, 19

Singer Shawn Mendes, 18

Model Luka Sabbat, 18

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, 19

Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello, 19

Actress Chloe Grace Moretz, 19

Model Barbie Ferreira, 19

Activist Malala Yousafzai, 19

Model Kylie Jenner, 19

Did your favorite teen make it? To find out more about this year’s teens and to see the others, click here to read the article in its entirety.

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