Clear Brook to Host TEDx Event on March 19

Clear Brook High School to Host TEDx Event on March 19
Posted on 03/07/2019
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Clear Brook High School students have “ideas worth spreading,” which is the objective and inspiration behind TED and TEDx-sanctioned events. Now in its second year, TEDxClearBrookHighSchool is scheduled for March 19 from 7:20 to 10:15 a.m. and will center around the theme, “Mix It Up,” a message encouraging diversity and creativity.

“Last year’s TEDxClearBrookHighSchool was one of the best days of my career,” said Michael Harris, Clear Brook High School teacher and TEDx event organizer. “I was so proud of each of those speakers and appreciated their willingness to share their ideas with thousands of online viewers. Although our TEDx team was immediately concerned that the experience would be difficult to replicate, once again, we’ve been amazed at the great ideas coming from our student body and their eagerness to share those ideas with a large audience.”

A campus selection committee chose speakers from 30 audition videos where students pitched their ideas and topics relating to the theme. Talks will be presented on topics including learning coping strategies, taking a social media fast and finding new ways to combat climate change. Additionally, this year longtime Clear Brook Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) teacher, Donna Stone, will be giving a talk on finding balance between your personal and professional life.

Listed below are this year’s TEDxClearBrookHighSchool presentations:

  • Drew Ford, A Candle in the Dark: The Impact of Coping Methods
  • Zain Virani, Giving Your Community Service an Upgrade
  • Christa Westheimer, A Fast Solution to our Social Media Addiction
  • Alan Johnson, Jacob Kilgore, Owen Kiszka and Benjamin Ta (Musical Performance), Boisterous Bourree, by Benjamin Britten; Brudestykke, by Danish Traditional; Por Una Cabeza, by Carlos Gardel
  • Donna Stone, Finding Balance: A Work of Heart
  • Kristina Priotto, Not Your Typical Romance Language
  • Zahra Virani, How Music and Art Portray Cosmopolitanism – and What We Can Learn From It
  • Sarvesh Subramanian, Global Warming: The App
  • Ben Eappen, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Nuance

Although attendance is limited, the presentations will be Livestreamed for those who want to tune into the speakers’ talks.  Click here for a preview of several of the selected speakers and their topics. To tune into the Clear Brook High School TEDx Livestream event on March 19, visit

Clear Brook High School thanks Jason’s Deli - Clear Lake and the many Clear Brook students and staff who have contributed to this endeavor.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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