2015 Speakers


Student Speakers

 

Stephanie Tang & Jennifer Guan

Imagination in Conversation

Conversation is a powerful source of inspiration that brings together experiences and perspectives to create bigger ideas. Conversations allow imagination to happen in the spaces between us, rather than in our own heads. We invite our community to talk more and to talk with people different from themselves to allow  ideas to arise from our words and imagination to go beyond the individual.

StephanieAbout Stephanie

A senior at Shanghai American School Pudong Campus, Stephanie has a passion for engineering and computer science.

Arriving at Shanghai American School in 9th grade, Stephanie met one of her first friends, Jennifer, after being late by half an hour to her first class Chemistry. Since then, Stephanie and Jennifer have collaborated over many projects including co-founding the Me to We club, heading the Design Challenge – an event involving more than 400 students, and designing a light installation for Relay for Life. They’re remained the best of friends ever since and are proud to share this Ted Talk with each other and with you.

 

About Jennifer 

Jennifer

A senior at Shanghai American School Pudong Campus, Jennifer has a passion for art, anthropology and just about anything (except climbing stairs).

Arriving at Shanghai American School in 9th grade, Jennifer met one of her first friends there, Stephanie, after sitting next to each other in Chemistry – their first class on the first day of school. Since then, Jennifer and Stephanie have collaborated over many projects including co-founding the Me to We club, heading the Design Challenge – an event involving more than 400 students, and designing a light installation for Relay for Life. They’re remained the best of friends ever since and are proud to share this Ted Talk with each other and with you.

 

Carina Seah Carina

5 Minutes

What did YOU do in the last five minutes? …Well, while you were doing that, 290 planes took off. And Oprah Winfrey made $2615. Carina Seah takes you through what else can happen in just five minutes… as taught to her by a seven year old boy.

About Carina

Carina Seah is a giant nerd, and a senior at Shanghai American School Pudong. In her sophomore year, she founded an organization called Operation HOPE, aimed at educating underprivileged orphans in and around Shanghai. Additionally, as captain of the varsity swim team for four years, she decided to combine her two passions into WILL Swimming. There, she realized the value of just five more minutes.

Outside of these endeavors, Carina studying chemistry, playing the piano, and eating sour gummy worms.

 

Andy Tan Andy

Maestro of the Orchestra

People often do not fully understand the role of the conductor in an orchestra. In this talk, student conductor Andy Tan distills the responsibilities of the modern orchestra conductor to its fundamental principle.

About Andy

At 17 years of age, Andy Tan has composed 9 pieces and conducted several more ever since he first pursued his passion of music two years ago. Currently a high school senior at Concordia International School Shanghai, Andy was taught conducting technique at the Conductor’s Institute held every summer at Bard College, led by Maestro Harold Farberman.

 

Jessica Jessica Yu

Reclaiming the Fourth Estate

Technology has revolutionized the media industry, and completely transformed the way humans read the news. However, reliable information is becoming increasingly difficult to find. Take a minute (or four) to really question what the news is telling you. Jessica encourages you to ponder: are the news media exploiting our imaginations?

About Jessica

Jessica Yu is a fervent follower of international relations who lives and breathes Model United Nations. A current senior at Concordia International School Shanghai, Jessica was born in China, raised in Canada, then educated back in China. She believes that by taking simple steps like altering our consumption of news, individuals can become more informed. Jessica hopes to change as many people’s perspectives on world events as she can throughout her life.

 

Elizabeth Metzger

Imagine You’re Anyone, but Yourself

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By experimenting with the dramatics, anyone is able to become what they aren’t. All you need is a mirror, a sense of humor, and a little imagination.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Metzger lives vicariously through the characters she portrays. In her love for the dramatics and public speaking, Elizabeth seeks to bridge the gap between the stage, real life, and everything in between.

 

 

 

Karis Tai

The Poker Factor

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Karis’s talk discusses the game of life and the two components of success. While some people are born with poorer “hands” than others, everyone is given equal autonomy in how they approach their circumstances. Reactions to cards vary, yielding diverse results, and these distinctions serve to

distinguish our lives and choices from one another’s. If you are reading this, you were most likely dealt favorable cards, and hopefully after listening to Karis’ talk, you will be inspired to play them with purpose.

About Karis

Karis, a junior at Concordia International School Shanghai, was dealt a royal-flush-sort-of-hand. She moved to China

with her family when she was 10, hoping to use her cards to help people around the world. She is passionate about public speaking, debate, social justice, and current events, and strives to use her passions to change “the game” through this TEDx talk.

 

 

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