We all know that teenage girls can accomplish some pretty impressive feats -- from winning the Google Science Fair to writing books on feminism -- that can have real impacts in her community and beyond. To honor the amazing things girls across the country, Seventeen magazine launched their second annual "Pretty Amazing" Contest with the goal of finding a girl who's making an impact in her community and inspiring others to do the same. When the essay contest opened earlier this year, entries poured in by the thousands.
Last year's winner, Zoë Damacela, went from living on the streets to creating and selling her custom fashion designs to put herself through college. And this year's batch is no less impressive. One finalist is passionate about raising support for LGBTQ teens, while another is chasing her ballerina dreams. Click through the slideshow below to meet the five pretty amazing girls.
Which Pretty Amazing finalist do you think deserves to be the winner? Head over to Seventeen.com to cast your vote!
Fashion philanthropist Lindsay Giambattista
In 2005, Lindsay Giambattista of Fort Lauderlade, FL started <a href="http://taylorscloset.org/" target="_hplink">Taylor's Closet</a>, an organization that provides teenage girls in foster care with the experience of a free designer shopping spree and weekly workshops in sewing, cooking, and art. Now 21, she studies fashion design at the Savannah College of Art & Design.
LGBTQ crusader Brittany McMiillan
Brittany McMillan, a 17-year-old from Surrey, British Columbia, is passionate about putting an end to bullying. She is the founder of <a href="http://www.glaad.org/spiritday" target="_hplink">Spirit Day</a>, an annual day of observance on October 19th in which participants wear purple as a sign of support for LGTQ youth. She has been honored by GLAAD for her work.
Ballet phenom Chloe Freytag
Chloe Freytag is so passionate about ballet that she moved from her hometown of Wayzata, MN to Miami by herself at 16 to train. At 18, she is the youngest corps member of the Miami City Ballet. When her pointe shoes are off, she likes vegan cooking, meditating, and making eco-friendly choices.
Record-setting teen pilot Kimberly Anyadike
At 18, Kimberly Anyadike is the youngest African-American female to pilot a flight across the country. The Los Angeles native will attend UCLA this fall and aspires to be a cardiovascular surgeon with Doctors Without Borders.
Soccer star, empowerment advocate Lindsay Brown
Lindsay Brown, a 21-year-old University of Notre Dame soccer player from Newport Beach, CA, is the founder of The SEGway Project. The nonprofit organization works to empower girls through academics and athletics so they can escape the cycle poverty and segway into the leaders they were born to be.