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TEDxYouth at St. Mark's

TEDxYouth at St. Mark's
Jackie Waters
On Friday evening, February 24, St. Mark’s held its first TEDxYouth@StMarksSchool event in the Putnam Family Arts Center’s Class of ’45 Hall. The entirely student-led event took Jackie Huang ’24 and Gina Yang ’24 more than a year to organize and featured big ideas presented by Diya Bhaireddy ’25, Liam Childs ’25, Karry Kim ’25, Delin Liu ’24, and Darius Wagner ’23.

As explained on the website:

TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities.

The theme for TEDxYouth@StMarksSchool was “thinking big,” which corresponds to the School’s tagline, “intentionally small, thinking big.” Students were asked to ponder how they can be bold, break through limits, and extend their impact beyond the School community. The five thought-provoking talks tackled topics like anxiety and self-serving bias, managing disappointment and stress, vulnerability and finding one’s voice, the censorship of “woke” America, and the evolution of human eyes. Students involved in this TEDx event hope that the ideas presented inspired those in attendance to think big, too.

Faculty advisor Eric Monheim praised Huang and Yang for their “tireless work” and commended Bhaireddy, Childs, Kim, Liu, and Wagner for their “fantastic speeches.” Hats off to these St. Mark’s students for sharing this event with our School community!

View photos from the event here.
View a recording of the livestream here.
Check out the official website on TEDxYouth@StMarksSchool.
Photographs by Eric Adler for Adam Richins Photography
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