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tedxdayton @youth logo 2016v3-01Friday, March 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wright State University Student Union

Thank you to all who participated in TXYD 2017! Videos and pictures will be coming soon. To be a part of the planning committee for 2018, please contact [email protected].

Launched in 1984, TED is an online platform created for ideas worth spreading. TED today is an internet and international phenomenon, offering talks covering every issue imaginable. TEDxYouth, a licensed event of TED, shares this vision by featuring talks developed by those who are 14 to 19 years old.


2017 [email protected] Committee:

[twocol_one] Rachel Graves, Chairperson, [email protected]
Jane A. Black, Co-Chair, [email protected]
Eli Hurwitz, Yellow Springs Schools
April Kline, Community Volunteer
Tim Krier, Yellow Springs Schools
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Scott Mitter, Kettering Fairmont High School
Erin Poppaw, Regional STEM School
Mandi Schultz, Regional STEM School
Susan Strong, The Miami Valley School
Caitlin Lewis, The Miami Valley School

In the fall of 2015, students from five local schools – Vandalia, Yellow Springs, The Miami Valley School, The Dayton Regional Stem School, and Fairmont – joined forces to initiate [email protected].

See what happened at last year’s [email protected] event:

Musical Performers
Fusion is one of FIVE a cappella groups in the Kettering, OH school district. They are consistent competitors and earned their place into the national ICHSA competition in 2014. They have been featured on the Best of High School A Cappella compilation CDs for the past three CD releases and have opened for or collaborated with a cappella all-star groups such as Pentatonix, Street Corner Symphony, Delilah, and the Filharmonic. Their sound is achieved through advanced choral training and varying styles of music. Even though they are all from a very wide range of backgrounds, the students “fuse” themselves into a riveting, forceful, and energetic force of a cappella music.
Speakers (in order of appearance)
The Emotional Connection of Street Photography, Armaan Ahmed
Photography is very powerful. Through a series of 4 street photographs with their stories, the immensity of a single frame will become more apparent.

Armaan is a sophomore at The Miami Valley School, and has been photographing for 7 years. He also plays three instruments and tennis and loves the art of origami.

Volunteering – You Give More Than You Get, Holly Simones
The importance of volunteering – especially as it relates to my personal experiences with multi-handicapped students: The value it has added to my life, and how it can impact others’ lives as well.
Holly is a senior at Vandalia-Butler High School. She is on the basketball team and is involved in the National Honor Society and the Muse Machine. She is also a member of the Peer Tutoring Club that works specifically with multi-handicapped students at her school. She plan on becoming an Intervention Specialist at the middle school level.

Math is a Gem – No Matter How You Use It, Gabriel Day
Mathematics has inspired thousands of people over the centuries. Today, it all too often inspires hatred and frustration in students. The remedy is to stop worrying about how math is used and see it for the thing of beauty that it is.
Gabriel is a senior at Yellow Springs High School. He loves math and plans to pursue it in college. He also plays the saxophone. Gabriel loves Russian literature, the music of Neil Young, the sports of tennis and fencing, and his cat, Queenie. He is a member of School Forest, a group known for growing Christmas trees and being the burliest club around.

I Ain’t a Politician, Alex T. Smith
The purpose of “I Ain’t a Politician” is to prove to the public that anyone can be an active part of the political process, by giving examples from the speaker’s own experience, and discussing why being politically engaged is so important.
Alex T. Smith is a senior at the Dayton Regional STEM School. His favorite classes are Biology, Chemistry, English, and Creative Writing. During the Summer of 2015, he completed a land management internship at the Aullwood Audubon Center in Englewood, Ohio. During his sophomore year, Alex was awarded first place in entrepreneurship and second place in improving lives at the DRSS science fair for successfully growing potatoes in sand. In the Fall of 2016, Alex will be attending Hocking College for their Wildlife Resource Management Program, and he intends to pursue a career as a wildlife manager in a state or national park. Alex has been able to grow a full beard since the age of 15. Alex’s goal is to motivate others to play an active role in the law-making process by proving to them that even the simplest of people can make a big impact in the political process.

Sharing Ideas Through Internet Piracy, Jacob McGimsey
Sharing ideas is essential for the growth of any society. Since the invention of the world wide web this has been made even easier. As unconventional as it may be, Internet piracy is a prime example of using the Internet to share ideas.
Jacob is currently a junior at Kettering Fairmont High School. He plans to major in Computer Science later in life.

Would You, Could You In a Box, Sammy McCellan
Stereotypes, we’re all held and bound by them but they can not control us. We should not hold them against people, as they should not hold them against us.
Sammy is a freshman, but when she graduates, she want to go to Spelman College and become a writer and actress.

Living With an Invisible Disability, Sarah Skinner
We may all seem the same on the surface, but we all have a different perspective. Here is the viewpoint of a teenager who lives with a serious medical condition you don’t see.
Sarah is sophomore at Kettering Fairmont High School. She enjoys marching band and plays the piano. Her favorite subject is math, and she plans to be an engineer. Sarah’s favorite activities are playing with her dog and hanging out with her friends.

Defying Entropy, Lauren Miles
Throughout our lives, we often feel as if the world is constantly descending into chaos. This feeling has a cause, and it is known as entropy. Simply put, entropy is disorder and it is the reason why our universe will eventually fall apart and fade away. When it appears that the world is hopeless, it can be quite easy to become depressed and lose faith in the world. But it can also show you how the universe is truly amazing.
Lauren is a senior at Kettering Fairmont High School with a passion for learning about the world we live in. Lauren is also strongly passionate about the arts, especially music, and she plans to study to become a music teacher. Above all, Lauren hopes that she is able to help others in her life however she can, whether it’s through sharing her love of music with young students or by teaching others about the marvelous world we share.

Learning How to Be a Grown-Up in America, Lilly Dunning
Why is it important for teenagers and young people to care about things like politics when they are considered “grown up”? If we are about to inherit one of the world’s largest super powers we need to start caring now and involving ourselves. We even have to be willing to speak out against our parents and grandparents if it is for what we truly believe in.
Lillian Dunning is a junior at the Miami Valley school. She is an intern for senator Rob Portman and co-president of the Young Republicans Association at MVS. She is also an avid golfer and a die-hard fan of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.

Self Advocacy – A State of Mind, Abby Edwards
Self advocacy is more than just a means to an end. It provides an increased level of confidence which leads to the promotion of self-reliance in the accomplishment of one’s life goals.
Abby Edwards is a senior at Vandalia Butler High School and has participated in College Credit + through Wright State University for the past three years. She plans to complete her Bachelor of Science degree at WSU and then begin work on a Doctoral degree in Clinical Health Psychology. She recently received a national Yes I Can Award for Self-Advocacy from the Center for Exceptional Center.

Domestic Violence, Christina Lobertini-Burks
This talk talks about a more invisible form of domestic violence, that is increasing, and being noticed globally. Through examples and a story I hope to enlighten viewers and victims who are in the dark. 
Christina is a junior at Yellow Springs High School. She is involved in her school’s theater program, as well as being the president of a writing group she created outside of school. Christina wants to go to school for business, creative writing, and theater when she graduates high school.

Trust Me … I’m a Scientist, Shari Gordnier
Scientific research can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Science isn’t just for people with a PhD, anyone can be a scientist. You never know where, or who, the next great scientific discovery will come from.
Shari is a senior at the Dayton Regional STEM School where she is an active member of the Junior Council on World Affairs. She enjoys swimming as a member of the Kettering City Swim Team and Centerville High School’s varsity swim team. After graduation, she plans on pursuing her passions by seeking degrees in both psychology and national security.

Veering Off My Path, Madison Choo
Life is not simply a single, straight path to travel; it is more like a maze with many opportunities to try different routes. This is my story about how I discovered a way to manage my fixed mindset and, therefore, learned how to take advantage of what life has to offer.
Madison is from Centerville, Ohio and is a current senior at The Miami Valley School. She is a lifetime competitive dancer, currently training at JsquareDance, and she plans to pursue this passion through her college career. She has also been a fall season soccer player for her school, playing varsity all four years of high school.

Thank you to the following groups for making this event possible:
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxDayton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxDayton event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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