Kick-Ass Kids of 2012: Youngsters Who Made This Year Awesome In light of the tragedy that befell Newtown on Friday, it’s important to avoid becoming overly calloused and cynical by inherent evil that often rears its ugly head. Let these kick-ass kids of 2012 serve as a reflection of how astounding this year was, and also how good the world can be in spite of it all. Classic over-achievers • Forget simple lick-and-stick tattoos, this 12-year-old has been inking since she was 4. Kudos to Dad who serves as the canvas. • This 11-year-old made a great list of “life goals.” • This little girl can pick a master lock in 5 minutes — she’s gonna be everyone’s best friend when they forget their locker combos. • Screw your baking soda volcano, this 15-year-old science fair winner developed a revolutionary pancreatic cancer test. BEST OF 2012: • 18 Oddly Sexy Stories You May Have Missed in 2012 • 38 People Who Had a Much Worse 2012 Than You Did • The 15 Weirdest Forgotten Footnotes on the Top Stories of 2012 Girls took charge • They gave oppressive patriarchy a swift kick to the nuts, literally. • This 8-year-old informed us why being a girl is awesome. • This precocious 6-year-old taught us it’s never too early to start addressing gender inequalities in board games like “Guess Who?” via • Pee-wee powerhouse Sam Gordon proved some girls make better quarterbacks than cheerleaders. • Young Afghan girls shredded harder than anyone else out there. Follow Us Those who lost the training wheels • This was a year for kids to conquer their fears … • … in the most extreme ways possible. BEST OF 2012: • 2012’s 20 Best Moments in Sport, Captioned by Mitt Romney • Google’s ‘Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review’ Is Must-See Recapping • Year of the Troll: 4Chan in 2012 Those who made us laugh • With both their anatomy questions … • … and their own discovery of the human anatomy. Those who made us cry • But most importantly, this real life Toy Story reminded us you’re never too old for stuffed animals. BEST OF 2012: • Breaking Bad’s Best of 2012, Bitch! • Humanitarian of the Year: The Best of Kate and Her Uptons in 2012 • Bill Murray’s 2012: The Life Exotic Follow Us Greg Seals Greg Seals is a writer, and sometimes funny person. Indulge his sense of self-importance and follow @GregSeals.