ESPNHS selects 18 Under 18

18 female and 18 male teen athletes inspire with their talents on and off the field

Updated: February 28, 2012, 8:28 PM ET
By ESPNHS

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ESPNHS is honoring 18 male and 18 female teen athletes who are doing remarkable things on the field, in the classroom and in their communities.

Some are already superstars, like No. 1 junior boys' basketball player Jabari Parker, No. 3 football recruit Dorial Green-Beckham, Olympic gold-medal hopeful Jordyn Wieber and LPGA champ Lexi Thompson.

Others have overcome major obstacles, such as Sami Stoner, a legally blind runner who is blazing a trail for the visually impaired; Brionna Williams, who shed 119 pounds and turned her life around on and off the court; and Quinton Anderson, who survived last year's horrific Joplin, Mo., tornadoes and continues to inspire all who meet him.

And others are leaders in their communities and schools, such as Neha Gupta, a tennis player who has raised $325,000 for neglected children in India and the U.S.; Iko'tsimiskimaki Beck, a runner who organized an anti-bullying campaign in her school; and Cameron Countryman, who turned down big-time football scholarship offers to join the Ivy League.

The one thing all these young athletes have in common? They inspire us with their accomplishments.