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Indian-American Gitanjali Rao Named First-Ever TIME ‘Kid Of The Year’

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Washington: Indian-American teenager Gitanjali Rao, a “brilliant” young scientist and inventor, has been named by TIME magazine as the first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’ for her “astonishing work using technology to tackle issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying.”

“The world belongs to those who shape it. And however uncertain that world may feel at a given moment, the reassuring reality seems to be that each new generation produces more of what these kids have already achieved: positive impact, in all sizes,” Time said.

The 15-year-old was selected from over 5,000 nominees as TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year. She was interviewed by actor and activist Angelina Jolie for the TIME special.

She won the Discovery Education 3M Scientist Challenge at the age of 11. She was also listed by Forbes in “30 Under 30” list for her innovations.

In September 2018, she was awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency President’s Environmental Youth Award.

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