Malala Yousafzai: Youngest Nobel Winner - Opinion

by Kari Giovanelli, Staff Writer

Most teenagers' greatest achievements at 17 would be getting on the honor roll, landing the lead in the school play, or scoring the winning touchdown. But what if you or someone you know was to accomplish something on a global scale? Sounds impossible? Think again.

Malala Yousafzai, the young girl who caught our attention and stole our hearts, has made a victory not only for herself, but for the many people she represented and stood up for. She is the schoolgirl who fought for her right to learn. She is the girl who took a bullet to the head and survived for her cause. Malala is now internationally recognized as an activist. She has traveled the world speaking out against discrimination and the importance of school. Malala has helped fund many schools teaching young girls in the Middle East, where terrorist groups like the Taliban have prevented such actions.

Ms. Yousafzai’s has made her voice apparent to many powerful political figures; including the Queen of England and President Barack Obama. On Oct. 10th, she was nominated and presented with the Nobel Peace Prize and, in doing so, became the youngest activist to ever receive such an honorable and prestigious prize.

Malala has set a goal and example for many teenagers and people all around the world, not just oppressed women and children. She has taught us that our voice is worth hearing, no matter our race, gender, or age. She has demonstrated the power we all have within ourselves to change the world. Malala has inspired people to follow their hearts and stand up for what they believe in. Her and many other extraordinary young people are taking the charge to lead our future’s youth to their greatness. Our generation is filled with the young, motivated minds necessary to help fix global warming, cure cancer, and bring forth fresh, new ideas to the world on all sorts of pressing issues. As long as we take a leaf out of Ms. Yousafzai’s book and be eager to make our voices heard, we can make great change happen.