LONE TREE, CO (Associated Press) — A 15-year-old Colorado high school student and young scientist has been named Time Magazine’s first-ever “Kid of the Year.”
Gitanjali Rao has used artificial intelligence and created apps to tackle contaminated drinking water, cyberbullying, opioid addiction and other social problems.
Rao is a sophomore at STEM School Highlands Ranch in suburban Denver and was selected from more than 5,000 nominees.
The process culminated with a finalists’ committee of children, Time for Kids reporters and comedian Trevor Noah.
Time says it wanted to recognize the rising leaders of America’s youngest generation in announcing the award.