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2023 Year in Review: Kids Did It!

To recap 2023, is taking a look back at some of the most interesting stories we’ve covered this year.
Today we’re looking at a few of the incredible things kids accomplished in 2023.

Chloe Ricketts – Youngest Player in US Pro Women’s Soccer

Promotional image of Chloe Ricketts with a soccer ball on a black background, on joining Washington Spirit in 2023 at age 15. The text says "SIGNED, 39, Chloe Ricketts, Midfielder, Youngest-ever contracted NWSL player".
Chloe Ricketts is only 15 years old, but she’s already signed a professional contract with the Washington Spirit soccer team. That makes her the youngest player ever to sign with the National Women’s Soccer League.

Jordan Stolz: World’s Youngest Speed Skating Champ

Jordan Stolz (right) races Yuma Murakami in the 500-meter race at the 2023 Speed Skating World Championships in Heerenveen in the Netherlands on March 3, 2023.
On Friday March 3, 18-year-old Jordan Stolz became the youngest person ever to win a world speed skating gold medal. As the weekend went on, he won two other gold medals, defeating Olympic champions in each of those events.

Student Scientists Study EpiPens in Space

Students holding an EpiPen and two cubes used the experiment.
A school science project by a group of students in Canada has led to an important discovery: EpiPens, which help control dangerous allergic reactions, might not work in space.

Teen Completes Bike Trip From Alaska to Argentina

Liam Garner at the world's largest salt flat, Salar de Uyuni, in Bolivia on November 3, 2022.
Liam Garner was just 17 years old when he started out on his big adventure – a 20,000 mile (32,000 kilometer) bike trip from Alaska to Argentina. In early January, he finally finished his trip, 17 months after he started.

Children Survive Alone in Rainforest for 40 Days

Colombian soldiers and volunteers help the children who have been on their own in the rainforest for the last 40 days.
Four children have survived alone in Colombia’s Amazon rainforest for 40 days. On May 1, their small airplane crashed. Somehow, the children managed to survive for over a month in the jungle before being rescued. The news that they’re safe has brought joy to the entire country.

Greta Thunberg’s Last School Strike

Greta Thunberg started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building in August 2018.
The world’s most famous “school striker”, Greta Thunberg, has held her last school strike for the climate. Ms. Thunberg, who’s 20, graduated from high school last Friday. She says she’ll continue to fight for climate action, she just won’t be skipping school anymore.

Young People Sue Montana Over Climate Change

Plaintiffs in the landmark Held vs Montana climate change lawsuit listen to testimony in the Lewis and Clark County Courthouse in Helena on the first day of their trial.
A group of young people are suing the state of Montana for failing to protect the environment for their future. The trial began last week. The results of the trial could be important in showing whether governments can be forced to take climate action.

19-Year-Old Coco Gauff Wins US Open

Coco Gauff in the 2022 US Open
Coco Gauff is a rising US tennis star. On Saturday, the 19-year-old won her first Grand Slam championship by beating Aryna Sabalenka. Gauff’s win makes her the youngest American to win a major tennis championship since 1999.

Youth Climate Lawsuit Takes on European Countries

The six young people bringing the climate lawsuit to the ECHR.
On September 27, the European Court of Human Rights heard a case that could force 32 European countries to take stronger action on climate change. The case was brought by six young people from Portugal.

Students Create Tough Solar-Powered Car

The solar car is seen racing down a dusty, dirty boulder-lined mountain forest road.
A team of students in the Netherlands has designed and built a tough car that’s completely powered by the sun. The car, called Stella Terra, is the first solar-powered car that can travel off-road for long distances without needing a recharging station.



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