For the first time ever, TIME has just named a remarkable fifteen-year-old scientist as the 2020 "Kid of the Year."

                                  Read on to learn about her incredible story and legacy...

                                  TIME's Person of the Year is perhaps one of the most prestigious awards that can be won...

                                  And every year for the last twenty-six years, someone truly inspirational has taken on the magazine's grand title. Let's take a look at the most memorable...

                                  In 1992, the then-president-elect Bill Clinton graciously took the title.

                                  "History may eventually decide that the key to Clinton's accomplishment lay in his temperament... In his enthusiasm for people and curiosity about their lives," TIME said of Clinton.

                                  AIDS researcher David Ho was titled TIME's Person of the Year in 1996.

                                  "He's kind of a genius, you know," his mother told TIME, "I'm not supposed to say that, but it's true."

                                  Jeff Bezos (believe it or not) took on the title in 1999.

                                  Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos "is a person who not only changed the way we do things but helped pave the way for the future," TIME said.

                                  Rudy Giuliani (again, believe it or not) was TIME's Person of the Year in 2001.

                                  Giuliani was granted the title due to being the Mayor of New York during the September 11 attacks. "When the day of infamy came, Giuliani seized it as if he had been waiting for it all his life, taking on half a dozen critical roles and performing each masterfully."

                                  Vladimir Putin in 2007.

                                  Russia's controversial president landed on TIME's cover in the final year of his first term as Russia's president. "If Russia fails, all bets are off for the 21st century. And if Russia succeeds as a nation-state in the family of nations, it will owe much of that success to one man, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin," the article said.

                                  Barack Obama then took on the title in 2008.

                                  "He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom, and overcame centuries of the social pecking order," the article said of the then-president. Obama went on to win the award again in 2012.

                                  Pope Francis in 2013.

                                  TIME's 2013 choice had just been elevated to lead the Roman Catholic Church. "John Paul II and Benedict XVI were professors of theology," the article noted. "Francis is a former janitor, nightclub bouncer, chemical technician, and literature teacher."

                                  TIME gave their award to all of the Ebola fighters in 2014.

                                  Health care workers, scientists, nurses, ambulance attendees, and others who fought the devastating Ebola virus outbreak shared the title in 2014.

                                  President Donald Trump was given the honor in 2016, much to people's disbelief.

                                  The magazine?explained: "For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's, Donald Trump is TIME 2016 Person of the Year."

                                  Greta Thunberg was the youngest ever person to be awarded the title at the age of sixteen in 2019.

                                  TIME chose climate activist Greta Thunberg as the Person of the Year. Thunberg made a splash in 2019 leading?protests around the world, speaking at the U.N., meeting with the Pope, and?sparring with the president of the United States on Twitter.

                                  So, who will it be this year in 2020?

                                  Of course, 2020 has been a total disaster so we can imagine the award will be given to someone who has really made a difference.

                                  Back in November, it was announced that that for the first-ever time, a TV special for TIME Person of the Year will air on December 10th.

                                  The winner, of course, will be announced then - but in the meantime, a very special and exclusive award has just been given.

                                  Fifteen-year-old Gitanjali Rao, from Denver, Colorado, has just been named as TIME's Kid of the Year, 2020.

                                  This remarkable young lady has been chosen because of her vast intelligence in the science and technology field.

                                  Gitanjali has already achieved so much...

                                  She has invented a number of new technologies across a range of fields, including a device that can identify lead in drinking water and an app and Chrome-extension that uses artificial intelligence to detect cyberbullying.

                                  She said she hoped she could inspire others into dreaming up ideas to "solve the world’s problems."

                                  Interviewed for TIME by actress and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, Gitanjali said: "I don’t look like your typical scientist. Everything I see on TV is that it’s an older, usually white man as a scientist. My goal has really shifted, not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well."

                                  "Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you."

                                  "So I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it," she said.

                                  And what exactly is Gitanjali working on right now?

                                  "I’m currently working on an easy way to help detect bio-contaminants in water - things like parasites. I’m hoping for this to be something that’s inexpensive and accurate so that people in third-world countries can identify what’s in their water," she explained. "And I recently hit my goal of 30,000 students who I have mentored, which is super exciting. It’s like creating a community of innovators. I really hope the work that all of these kids are doing identifies innovation as a necessity and not something that’s a choice anymore. I hope I can be a small part of that."

                                  Angelina then pointed out how unique Gitanjali's generation is, to which the young brainiac replied:

                                  "Our generation is facing so many problems that we’ve never seen before. But then at the same time, we’re facing old problems that still exist. Like, we’re sitting here in the middle of a new global pandemic, and we’re also still facing human-rights issues. There are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve, like climate change and cyberbullying with the introduction of technology."

                                  Gitanjali clearly has an incredible future ahead of her...

                                  And we think a huge congratulations is in order for this inspiring young woman!

                                  For more inspiring stories...

                                  Read on to see what TIME had to say about Greta Thunberg's win last year...

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