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"Year after year our editors capture the real-life stories of ordinary kids doing extraordinary things and present them through our classroom magazines knowing that the content resonates with young readers and helps teachers engage even the most reluctant readers," said
Hugh Roome, Executive Vice President and President, Consumer and Professional Publishing. "Teachers tell us that the added benefit is that these stories inspire students to pursue their own interests and act on the issues that matter most to them."
The '8 Coolest Kids We Met in 2013' are:The Cancer PioneerJack Andraka, a 16-year-old from
Maryland, lost a close friend to pancreatic cancer, an aggressive cancer that typically goes undetected until it's too late to treat. Determined to do something to fight back against the disease, Jack committed himself to finding a way to help the 40,000 people in the U.S. who die of pancreatic cancer each year. Previous tests for pancreatic cancer were too expensive to be used routinely. Jack worked with a lab at
Johns Hopkins to develop a simple, inexpensive paper strip test that can detect heightened levels of a protein in the blood which is a strong indicator of cancer. Jack has applied for a patent on the test and hopes that it will become a part of routine health exams.