Students Organize TEDx Event at Crossroads

Fascinated by TED Talks’ ability to educate and inspire people through the exchange of ideas, senior Derrick Tong worked to establish a TED club at Crossroads last school year.
 
Now Derrick and his fellow Upper School club members are getting ready to bring upwards of a dozen speakers to campus for the inaugural TEDxCrossroadsSchool event, a symposium focusing on the theme, “Redefining the Future.”
 
The upcoming TEDx event, which will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, will enable attendees to experience firsthand the power of fresh perspectives in a setting that fosters interaction and conceptual synthesis.
 
“The main goal of hosting TEDxCrossroadsSchool is to spark exciting and meaningful conversation that will create positive change within the Crossroads community,” Derrick says. “Planning any TEDx event is no easy task, and the fact that a group of Crossroads students are taking on such an endeavor showcases how capable and driven Crossroads students are.”
 
Scheduled speakers include entrepreneurs, activists and members of the School community, including Upper School English teachers Alan Barstow and Rika Drea and senior Lola Ellenberg, president of the campus Students for Environmental Action club.
 
“I believe that life is all about accumulating knowledge and learning about new ideas, which is exactly what TED was founded upon,” Derrick says. “With today’s technology, exchanging information is so vital to our progress in this world, and TEDx enables communities like Crossroads to help unearth local ideas that deserve to be shared.”
 
Seating is limited for this event, which is open to Crossroads students, employees and parents. Registration is required but does not guarantee admission. Accepted registrants will be notified in advance. For more information, visit www.tedxcrossroadsschool.com.
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