One of the most diverse and undeniably fascinating events that LFHS has is the TEDx talks, taking place this year on March 15th in the David Miller Theatre. With this being the fourth year of the event, past talks have ranged from discussion on string theory to the importance of project based learning. These are the talks and performances for this year’s TEDx:
Kevin Bentley: Kevin Bentley, the former Northwestern and NFL linebacker turned entrepreneur, will be talking about how to maintain motivation and overcome life’s obstacles. After his ten year playing career, Bentley went on to earn an MBA from Rice University and launched an IT consultancy firm.
Katherine Cook: Katherine Cook will be discussing the love humans have for dogs and other various animals. Cook spends much of her time with animals and walking her dog. When she is not focused on animals, Cook is highly involved with multiple clubs in the high school, looking to make an impact on the community.
Aidan Kinsella: He will be talking about comedy and the effect it has on people’s emotional health. “I believe that comedy is an amazing way to bring happiness into people’s lives,” he said regarding his talk, “and I hope my talk can convince people to start making a few more jokes, and by the transitive property, bring more smiles into the world.”
Mr. Dewar: The great LFHS teacher will be talking about key techniques on how to manage stress on a day to day basis. Mr. Dewar is also founder of Project 30K, a platform that uses wellness and mindfulness strategies to transform individuals and organizations.
Clara Finley: Clara Finley, a senior at the high school, has been writing and dance since the time she could hold a pencil and stand. She will be discussing classic literature and why it matters in this day in age.
Sarah Larimer: Sarah Larimer will be talking about how artificial intelligence will affect the workforce in the future. This is what she had to say about her talk: “Artificial intelligence will affect the jobs that will be available for our generation. I talk about how it isn’t a new problem but how we are facing job displacement on a much larger scale than ever before. I go over some jobs that have been displaced as a result of advanced machines and talk about how people can learn to work with machines to make the workforce more efficient. I wanted to talk about this because of its relevance to people our age, especially as we start to make decisions about where to go to school and what to study.”
Robert Hammond: Robert Hammond, a junior at Lake Forest, loves music and playing percussion. Because of his strong passion for math, he will be talking about math and its various ideas along with its formulas.
Dr. Holland: LFHS’s very own principal Chala Holland has been well known for expressing her interests and pursuing her dreams. Tomorrow, she will talk about the importance of pursuing your passions and why it makes a difference in your life.
Charlotte Moore: Charlotte Moore will be discussing the amount of pollution in our oceans and how that will affect our world. She had this to say about her talk. “I will be talking about plastic pollution in our oceans and how it affects certain species. I also talk about ways that we can help reduce our consumption of plastic and about the plastics we should avoid.”
Dillon Hollingsworth: Even though he just a freshman high school, Dillon Hollingsworth is already a founder and owner of his own gelato company. The young entrepreneur started his company in 2016 and has products in multiple stores on the North Shore. He will be explaining the process for starting his very own gelato businesses and how he has made it successful.
Ali Jackson: Ali Jackson will be talking about how the waste of food from each and every person affects our world as a whole. Jackson has been committed to making small changes in the world around her, and she hopes this TEDx talk will have a profound impact.
Emma Johnson and Cristina Machado: Cristina Machado and Emma Johnson will have another TEDx talk highlighting environmental impacts. The girls will talk about the earth and how our environment is being affected in today’s world.
Tessa Kerouac: After a long time battle with her own OCD, Tessa Kerouac will be discussing various ideas about the importance of mental health along with the stigma that follows it. In her free time, Kerouac enjoys pursuing her passions in graphic design, photography, and aviation.
Rafa Swerdlin: He will be talking about schools learning spaces and how their designs will affect their students ability to learn. Swerdlin had this to say about his talk: “I’m going to be talking about the education system in America, how grades are counter productive, and how the best way to get the most out of us as students is to allow us to incorporate our passions in what we learn. To convey this, I will play a song that I made with a couple of friends of mine as a collaboration for our english writing workshop project.”
Mady Kung: Mady Kung, a senior at Lake Forest, has always been passionate about public speaking, running, and meditating. Tomorrow, she will discuss the Flu virus and how it makes us more sociable.
Megan Szostak: Megan Szostak will talk about how classical music should receive more appreciation in today’s generation. This is what she has to say about her talk: “I want to open everyone’s eyes to their untapped love for classical music by connecting music to parts of their lives as teenagers. I have loved classical music for as long as I can remember, and knowing that most people our age are hardly even familiar with classical music, I decided to take this opportunity to share this love of mine in hopes that others will soon discover how interesting classical music can be.”
Music will also be performed by Kate Stephenson, Ali Jackson, Bradley Berklich and Aiden Kinsella, and the Swing Sonatas.
Be sure to follow the event live by clicking the following link: www.tedxlfhs.com