Teenage Prodigies Revisited

Here at the blog we love looking back over all the great content our contributors have posted since we launched. Periodically, we’ll bring you retrospective posts on a common theme. Click on the links below each video or image to see the original post.



What’s more impressive than a teen doing something better than their own parents or teachers? Teen prodigies of today are making apps and writing programs that have applications in science, medicine and entertainment. Before the internet, teens were showing their early chops in the arts and sports. Today we take a look back at our posts about remarkable teens, excelling in their field before they come of age. Check out vanished novelist Barbara Newhall Follett (above), teen rock sensation Charlie Sexton, queen of the slopes Andrea Mead Lawrence, and contemporary stars drummer Izzy Schappeli Spillman and blogger/editor Tavi Gevinson.

Charlie Sexton by Willa Nasatir

15-year old skiing prodigy Andrea Mead Lawrence shaking hands with large dog.
Andrea Ski by Kelly Rakowski


Wang Yi, Painter Prodigy by Claire Lucido


Teenage Drummer: Izzy Schappell-Spillman by Matt Wolf


Teen Witch BFF: An Interview with Tavi by Isadora Schappell-Spillman