Post-Event: Reflections About TEDxYouth@SeaburyHall’s First Run

IMG_1653Two weeks has been enough time for the TEDxYouth@SeaburyHall team to recuperate and reflect on our inaugural event. Although it took hard work, the event was everything we could have wished for and more. We truly feel like we have accomplished our goal of inspiring and empowering the youth of Maui from the TED Talks we screened, to the live musical performances, and most importantly our twelve Talks from Maui student speakers. Here are the Talks and their subjects.

“How Harry Potter and Hamlet Changed My Life” – The first Talk by Zeb Mehring, a Seabury Hall junior, addressed his love for the arts and how he felt it should be a part of every child’s education.

“Anyone Can Be a Hero” – A freshman from Kamehameha, Quinn Shiraishi talked about the impact of heros and the roles they have served in her own life.

“Imperfection in All Its Glory” – In her Talk, Rosie Sutherland from King Kekaulike moved the audience by expressing her feelings about the imperfection that makes us human.

“Not Being Defined as ‘X’”- McKayla Wandell, a junior from Baldwin, demonstrated her belief from powerful personal experiences that one’s success cannot be predicted by their circumstances.

“Take Initiative” – Embracing values of toleration and acceptance in his Talk, David Cabañero from Baldwin impressed his positive outlook on Maui’s youth.

“The Power of Diversity” – After years of experiencing discrimination first hand, Rui-Li Inge from Seabury Hall spoke out about how diversity should be treasured.

“Individuality”- Thomas Hayashi from Seabury Hall reflected on the power of individuality, using his eccentric personality and examples from history.

“The Nature of Originality”- Also from Seabury Hall, Aaron Rohozinski described his thoughts on why originality is important in a witty manner by citing his own strifes before coming to terms with being unique.

“Orangutan: Person of the Forest”- Fostering her love for animals, Anna Ezzy from Seabury Hall gave a Talk about the interesting traits of orangutans, as well as their endangerment.

“Magnetic Suspension, Levitation, and Propulsion” – Packed with science and technology, the Talk by Matthew Sturm of Maui High documented his experiments with magnetic suspension.

“Remembering History for What it Really is” – Baldwin High’s William Summers stressed in his Talk his passion for the discipline of history and how it should be appreciated.

“Hōkūle‘a and Revolutionizing Education” – Our only middle schooler, James Hill from Sacred Hearts School closed our event by discussing the significance of Hōkūle‘a and his ideas on embracing technology in education.

Clearly, our event showcased a great variety of themes from heroes to discrimination, originality to experiential learning. We hope to have instituted a new pillar in the Maui community, that in which young people can foster their ideas.

Lastly, we would like to thank all of our supporters, including our advisors, sponsors, and everyone who helped make TEDxYouth@SeaburyHall possible.  Although “Imagining A Better Tomorrow” might be over, we are already to looking forward to planning next year’s event. Until then, feel free to remember this past event by browsing our Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and Instagram. We can gladly say that TEDxYouth@SeaburyHall was a success!

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