Far from Regular
Photograph: Bob Capazzo
When we first met our teens last June, many were eagerly anticipating their first year of college, some were rising seniors and beginning to think about where they would apply, and a few were so young that they were simply focused on their last few years of high school. But they all had one thing in common. A special spark that makes them among the best at what they do.
To anyone who knows these kids, it’s obvious that they are going places. But we’d like to set the record straight on something. Over the past five years that we have featured teens to watch, there have been a few comments that we don’t feature “regular” kids in this story. And it’s true. We don’t. There’s the young woman who devoted her summer to hands-on cancer research; the young man whose photography skills are so groundbreaking that there’s little doubt his work will hang in major museums; the boy who is barely in high school and yet could run circles around most Microsoft employees; and seven others who are setting a standard of excellence. It’s worth noting, however, that not every one of them has a perfect academic record with their sights set on Harvard. They are rolling up their sleeves and breaking the boundaries in a variety of areas—be it the arts, volunteerism, science, sports, politics or technology (and oftentimes more than one). They are well rounded, poised and talented. They are doers. That is what makes them watch-worthy. So, regular? Nope. Not here. And we couldn’t be happier about it.
Also in this issue, we bring you a story that shows it is never too late to follow your passion. Muffy Fox, former senior editor of Greenwich Magazine, wife and mother of three, left all the comforts of home behind to live and work in an African orphanage for more than a month. The children she met, the stories she heard and the empowerment she felt from pushing well beyond her comfort zone have changed her forever. But this is not the end of the story. Muffy’s got plans to return next year. And given her contagious desire to affect change in the world, she just may recruit you to go with her. Trust us, it would be no regular trip.