Leaders 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers  

Matthew Cole Weiss
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Ah, the teenage years! A time when most of us were stressing over prom dates or searching the drug store for the right acne medicine. But not the famous teenagers on this list! As an adult, you probably never thought you'd have teenage role-models. Well think again, because this list of impressive teenage over-achievers accomplished things that most adults don't even dream about!   

When you were between the ages of 13 and 19, your biggest accomplishments were probably making honor roll or winning a championship basketball game. Maybe you got into the college of your dreams or received a scholarship for playing the trombone like a boss. But the fearless and famous teen leaders on this list will blow your mind with their ingenuity and relentless drive.

From winning the Nobel Peace Prize, to ruling nations, to sailing around the world, to selling an app for $30 million dollars, these teens didn't let their age stop them from achieving their dreams. Who needs to worry about passing your driver's permit test when you're busy changing the course of world history, right? So vote up the teenage mutant ninja badass you're most impressed by! 

Nadia Comăneci is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers
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Nadia Comaneci was the youngest person to ever receive a perfect 10 in the Olympics and still holds the record to this day. The Romanian gymnast won three gold medals at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and scored perfection on the board. 

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers
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At age 16, Alexander the Great, having just finished studying under Aristotle, was the regent in charge of Macedonia. The Thracian Maedi revolted against him, and Alexander quickly responded, driving them out of their own territory. He colonized it with Greeks, and founded a city named Alexandropolis.   

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#10 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#3 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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#79 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Saira Blair Was Elected Into Government at Age 18


Saira Blair Was Elected Into G... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers
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In 2014, Saira Blair became the youngest person ever to be elected into government in the United States. The 18-year-old girl won an election to serve in the West Virginia House of Delegates, representing a very small district in the state. She defeated her 44-year-old opponent by over 30 % of the vote!
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Louis Braille is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 19 Things People Accomplished When They Were Teenagers
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At the age of 15, Louis Braille (who was blind) invented the Braille System of reading based on a battlefield code a soldier had told him about. He published his first book about the system at the age of 19. He later went on to add math and musical symbols.
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