Well, prospies, as you know, we here at TP love you. It’s because of you that we’ve been around for 11 months (and counting!), and it’s because of you that the future for The Prospect is hella bright.

We’ve always been a site that wants to reward young people for doing awesome things. Personally, I have found that high schools (and even sometimes colleges) don’t always do that. Often times, the real game changers get overlooked, and the kids with perfect test scores and grades get all the recognition. While grades are important, our staff believes it’s important to keep our eyes on the great doers. If people like Steve Jobs and Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein have shown us anything, it’s that we should be rewarding kids for innovation, creativity, and general awesomeness, not just grades.

Thus, we’re introducing the first installment of the Prospie Awards: TP’s 20 Under 20!

Much like the Forbes 30 Under 30, we want to recognize people 20 and under for building great things and really providing hope for the future. Obviously, we’ll need your help to do that! Has someone young and impressive already popped into your head? You should totally nominate them to be recognized on TP’s 20 Under 20 list!

Whom should I nominate for TP’s 20 Under 20?

The only qualification is that the person needs to be 20 or younger, but after that, the possibilities are endless! Know a fourteen year-old who moonlights as a fashion designer? A seventeen year-old who’s curing cancer? An amazing college kid who started an empowering nonprofit? Nominate them for our 20 Under 20 list!

Important: We’re specifically looking for kids who deserve recognition but haven’t gotten it yet! We want to showcase the next big up-and-comers, the movers and shakers, as opposed to people who’ve already been honored by mainstream media.

What do I need to do to nominate someone for TP’s 20 Under 20?

It’s quite simple to nominate someone! Please include the following pieces of information in a comment at the bottom of this post:

  • The nominee’s first and last name.
  • 3-5 sentences about why the nominee is awesome and should be officially part of TP’s 20 Under 20.
  • If applicable: Any media to help us learn more about the nominee! Does this person’s organization, startup, nonprofit, etc. have a website, Facebook page, really cool Instagram, etc.? Make sure to include it!

Note: Nominations must be made through the comment section of this post! We will not be accepting nominations that are emailed to us or posted on any of our social media pages.

How many people can I nominate?

You can nominate as many peeps as you want!

Can my nomination be anonymous?


What is the deadline to nominate someone?

We’ll be accepting nominations until Monday, February 10th, at midnight EST.

When will TP’s 20 Under 20 list be announced?

The list will go live on February 19th, our official one-year anniversary date!

Have any questions? Feel free to email us at! Also, check out our TP Blogger Awards here!

Know what awesome human being you want to nominate? Sound off in the comment section below!

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Lily Herman is a junior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. Besides bopping around on The Prospect, Lily is a columnist for USA TODAY College (read the Quad Report, yo); an editorial intern for The Daily Muse; a contributing editor for the campus blog Wesleying; a national contributing editor for Her Campus; and an editorial/marketing intern at HelloFlo. When she is not studying or awkwardly waving at people around campus, Lily enjoys eating Sour Patch Kids and re-watching the Friday Night Lights series finale (she's Team Saracen, by the way). Also (shameless plug alert), feel free to follow her on Twitter, or email her at lherman(at)theprospect(dot)net.

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  1. Anonymous on January 18, 2014

    Alicia Halikas
    At my school, one very sweet, very well-known teacher had a daughter dealing with leukemia since the age of twelve. She was a junior in college this past year and passed away. Their family had been fighting the battle hard for a long time and it was a devastation to the whole school when it occurred. The teacher had been in and out of school our whole high school career and was out especially long after this. Alicia took it upon herself to compose a book of good thoughts and respects for the teacher in his time of need. Hundreds of people from school emailed her letters, quotes, even messages as long as essays. She composed this into a book online, had it made, and gave it to the family as a token from the whole school. I think Alicia is not only a leader but also a messenger of hope.

  2. Anonymous on February 5, 2014

    Brittany Amano: Brittany is a junior in high school and has started two non-profits, Hawaii’s Future isn’t Hungry and Teens Stopping Domestic Violence. She is the Vice President of the National Teen Council, among several other accomplishments. She also spoke at TEDxHonolulu ED, and a documentary is being made about her for local film events.
    Here is a biography:
    Here is her TEDxHonolulu link:

    Cassie Wang: Cassie is a freshman at Harvard and has started the Youth Hope Fund as well as set records for her blood drive she led as Student Council President of her high school. She is also a nationally ranked golfer. She has received several awards, such as Presidential Scholar and the Prudential Service Award.
    Here is a detailed article about her:

    Annie Schugart: Annie is a senior in high school and has founded a local youth council as well as the National Teen Council, where she serves as president. She has been published by USA Today, The Harvard Crimson, and The Huffington Post. She is an All-American flutist and has been accepted into Harvard.
    Here is a biography:
    Here is her website:

    Grayson McGuire: Grayson has achieved several dance awards. He started his own dance company, “Score Contemporary Company” in Los Angeles.
    Here is an article:

    Will Lawrence: Will is founder and president of the Youth Innovators program. He is also a Student Trustee for a school board, representing over 92,000 students.
    Here is a biography:

    Savannah Brown: Savannah Brown is a video blogger. Her videos have gained popularity and can be viewed here:

  3. Cassandra Lilling on August 2, 2016

    If still applicable for a later 2016 or 2015 nomination…

    Madeleine Gagne

    Is the 17 year old founder of The Collins-Miller Research Project, known for its discovery of carbon neutral fatty-acid based algae bio diesel. Also started an online international group for girls in STEM (science, engineering, and math), and is the Editor-in-Chief of the group’s quarter annual newsletter. Gagne started work on her algae project in 7th grade, and started working at The Ohio State University under the guidance of Angela Miller to complete her project during her freshman year of high school. Gagne has meet to discuss environmental policy with government officials, including her meeting at The Pentagon this past spring. Gagne is also an avid artist, film director, and musician.

    Madeleine’s Website is:

    Some of her social media pages include:

    Instagram: the_beige_trilobite or the_collins_miller_project

    Twitter: @cmproject_algae

    Visit this link to view a page on Gagne’s website that has links to all involved media features (newspaper articles, newsletters, videos, interviews):

    You can also read about Madeleine’s story on her website via the link below:

    For more info, contact the project’s email at
    You can also contact me ( I often times work graphic design for the project’s website.

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