Young Post salutes the Top Teens of 2014

Young Post salutes the Top Teens of 2014

Whether they made international headlines or quietly made an impact on others' lives, these teens got our attention this year

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Photos: SCMP, EPA, AFP, Reuters, AP
Photos: SCMP, EPA, AFP, Reuters, AP

Malala Yousafzai, 17
This Pakistani activist is the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. The Malala Fund promotes girls' education, helps Syrian refugees, and much more. Not only is Malala a symbol for staying strong and speaking out, she represents all who will not be defined by their cultural stereotype.

Lydia Ko, 17
Born in South Korea and raised in New Zealand, Lydia is a professional golfer who has sparked an interest in the sport in both countries. Although she's the youngest millionaire in LGPA history, Lydia says hitting good shots is more important than the money she makes.

Michael Brown, 18
Michael, a black teenager, was shot and killed by a white policeman in Missouri, US. Hopefully, his death will not be in vain as it has led to discussions and debates on race, stereotypes, and discrimination. The tragedy has forced us to question how much we judge others based on the colour of their skin.

Lorde, 18
The singer-songwriter has a platinum debut album, two Grammy awards from this year alone, and put together the Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 soundtrack. She's also an advocate for positive body image for her fans everywhere.

Joshua Wong Chi-fung, 18
From being at the front lines at every Occupy site to going on hunger strike, this Open University of Hong Kong student is undoubtedly the face of Hong Kong protests. He reminds us how important it is to never hold back a strong opinion.

Max Verstappen, 17
Hard work and persistence earned him championships in the Rotax Max Minimax and WSK World Series, but the youngest driver ever in the history of Formula One racing wants to do better. Atta boy! That's the spirit!

Brittany Fried, 17
Driven by her desire to help others, this Grade 12 student from Hong Kong International School has devoted her efforts to Free the Children and Me to We. Ever the giver, she's travelled to Shanghai, Ecuador, India, East Timor and Cambodia to volunteer.

Chris Chan Yuk-man, 18
A surprise success, even for his coaches, Chris shows great confidence and determination in a race. This rower has already been crowned Asian junior champion, and is considered a strong prospect for the next Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2018.

Lin Tsz-nok, 17
This teen stand-up comedian may have gone blind, but he's not lost sight of his blessings. Instead of being defeated by Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, he's turned his condition into a positive by seeing the funny side of things. And through comedy, he's learned to appreciate he has something to say that others want to hear about.

HK teens

You guys. YOU GUYS. Whether you were for or against the student boycotts or Occupy Central, you took notice and you spoke up. You became socially and politically aware, and you participated. You stood up for your beliefs, whatever they were. Here's to you!

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