By Emma Horn

Musicians, inventors, scientists and writers. So many kids did so many amazing things throughout the year.

Here are some of the ones who made it big in Crinkling News.


Rory Phillips
Rory was one of the youngest performers at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.
He performed 14 times over the week of the festival.


Gidon Goodman
Gidon’s family has spent about $10,000 in parking fees over the 10 years he’s been treated at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. In July, the NSW government agreed to reduce the parking fees for some patients and their carers after more than 70,000 people signed Gidon’s online petition.


Charlie Dunn
Charlie can shear a lamb in about two minutes. He’s been practising since he was two and now that he’s in kindergarten, he’s one of the youngest shearers in the country.

Junior reporters

Diya Mehta and Grace Gregson
Diya and Grace were the youngest reporters to speak at the Senate select committee on the future of public interest journalism in May. The inquiry was held to gather information on the role of journalism in Australia.


Junior assistant editors
Each week since July our junior assistant editors have worked tirelessly to make sure Crinkling News is fit for print. They’ve dug up stories, interviewed sources, and pitched ideas for articles on everything from advances in medicine to the refugee crisis to ballroom dancing.


Isabella Clarke
Isabella’s song Speak Up won third place in this year’s Junior Eurovision song contest held in Tbilisi, Georgia, in November.


Angie Scarth-Johnson
Angie is the best under-16 female outdoor climber in the world. She’s one of only five Australians to ever complete a grade 34 climb. Only one other female in Australia has done that.


Solli Raphael
In October, Solli became the youngest winner of the Australian Poetry Slam. He performed his winning poem and another at Crinkling News’ MediaMe conference in November.

Author, editor

Hilde Lysiak
Since she was eight Hilde has controlled a newspaper empire from her home in Pennsylvania, United States. This year she also became a published author with a book series called Hilde Cracks The Case.


Josh Murray
When Josh was nine he started his own egg farming business, Josh’s Rainbow Eggs, at his home in Kerrie Valley, in Victoria. He’s now making waves in the food rescue industry by regularly giving his chickens’ eggs to Foodbank, which donates food to charities and schools.


Molly Steer
Molly founded the Straw No More project to encourage schools across Australia to ban plastic straws. By September 16 schools had agreed to ban plastic straws as a result of Molly’s project.


Scott Guerini
In July, Scott, who’s 11, had completed his fourth charity marathon and launched his book Did You Know You Can Change The World?

Leila Haddad


Leila Haddad
Leila has been making knives since she was six. She founded her own business, Bare Blades, two years ago and has been crafting kitchen knives for chefs all over the world.


Holly May
In September, Holly wrote a letter to her local newspaper in Tasmania to ask why there was no coverage of the girls’ teams in the in 3-4 primary school basketball tournament. Holly had competed and was shocked to find that all 34 of the photos in the paper were of boys. Her mum, Tanya, posted a photo of Holly’s letter on Facebook. It got 3,000 likes almost overnight.


MediaMe media literacy leaders
In November, 35 kids and teens from all over the country came together in Sydney to create Australia’s first action plan for media literacy. The plan was handed to politicians and the national children’s commissioner.

Community leader

Kobe Bennett
On Australia Day, Kobe was named as his community’s young citizen of the year because of the work he’s done in encouraging other kids to speak out against family violence.


Fenella Collins
In April, Fenella shaved her long hair off to raise more than $2,000 for blood cancer research. She donated her hair to make wigs for people who have alopecia areata, an incurable condition that makes them lose their hair.


Yuma Soerianto
Yuma, from Melbourne, was the youngest app developer at Apple’s conference in California in June. He won a scholarship to be there and says he made lots of friends – including Apple’s boss, Tim Cook.


Amelia Fox
Amelia invented a portable wheelchair hoist to help her disabled brother get in and out of his chair. In November, her invention beat more than 1,000 entries in the littleBIGideas competition.


Sam Jones
In October, Sam’s essay on food waste in Australia won the top prize in the national University of New South Wales Bragg student prize for science writing

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