4 students, 2 Faculty members, and 3 other SMART PEOPLE!!!
This is our 10th Annual Brentwood TEDx event and we couldn't be more excited by our lineup of speakers for this year! Once again the Brentwood community is at the fore with 4 students and Mr. Luna and Ms. Wolinsky leading the charge. We also have three incredibly accomplished parents joining us this year!
#1 - Lauren capern - '24
CLIMATE OPTIMISM AND THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW WE AREN'T GOING TO DIE
#2 - KARIS MERIFIELD '24
THE PRESENT IS A PRESENT
Inspired by the famous Master Oogway quote “Today is a gift. That is why it is called a present.”, student Karis Merrifield discusses the importance of living in the moment. As someone who practices being present herself, Karis goes through her favourite and most enjoyable ways to live in the moment and have a fulfilling life.
Karis Merrifield is a senior at Brentwood College School who enjoys dance, music and creative writing. When she has a moment to relax she loves watching her favourite TV shows. At her core, Karis is a leader and is inspired by helping others. Karis is looking forward to pursuing a career in elementary education after she graduates.
#3 - JOHN LUNA - FACULTY
BEAUTY: A USER'S GUIDE
#4 -RORY CAPERN
EXPLORING THE NEXT AI WAVE
Rory's career in technology has involved riding new waves when they emerge. His talk will focus on AI space and how to approach the opportunities it presents
#5 - ZHENG YANG '24
Music is part of our everyday life, and has been since the dawn of humanity. In our contemporary society, although we might not notice it, our view of music has changed on the most fundamental level. Through four pieces of music performed by a live band, Zheng will guide the audience through changing perspectives of musical harmony.
Zheng Yang (Garma Simha) is a grade 12 student at Brentwood College School from Kham, Tibet. Aside from the rigorous works of academics in Brentwood, Zheng likes to spend his free time exploring and experimenting with all genres of music, on all sorts of instruments. He loves performing and jamming with friends. As a band leader, he organizes music performances around the campus and is often recognized as ‘The Bass Guy.’ While he enjoys his role as the permanent bassist of Brentwood, he is very jealous of musicians who have the freedom to escape the constant playing of root notes…
#6 -SARAH WOLINSKY - faculty
HOW THE WEB WAS ONE: A EULOGY FOR WEB1 AND WEB2
Much buzz has been generated, both positive and negative, around Web3 – the metaverse – often marketed as one part World of Warcraft, one part Ready Player One, all parts minted on the blockchain in finite quantities and available for purchase for a limited time only. But if there is a third of something, there must be a first and second; what, exactly, were Web1 and Web2, and where did they go? What were the hallmarks of the early internet, and what drove it to become the thing we know and love (?) today? All things have a history, and charting that narrative is a vital part in understanding its impact on our lives and its future. And how lucky are you, to get to sit in a theatre or in front of a livestream on a Saturday morning and learn that the nebulous cloud in the metal rectangle in your pocket has a history of its own?
#7 - DR. RENATA LEWIS, MD
GOOD LESSONS FROM BAD PLACES
When we find ourselves facing extraordinary challenges, what determines our best chances to succeed? What goes right when things go wrong? In recounting several past rescues in extreme environments, emergency doctor and mountain rescue technician Dr. Renata Lewis gives us “Good Lessons from Bad Places”, an insight into the risks we take in extreme environments through the lens of mountain rescue and the inspiring stories of survivors. She shows us how to rise above and go beyond our own future day-to-day challenges, making the seemingly impossible, possible.
#8 - DARA MIAo '25
HOW ATHLETICS FUEL ACADEMIC SUCCESS
In her TEDx talk, Dara explores the hidden connection between athletics and academics. Drawing from her own experiences and conducted research, Dara reveals how dedication to sports can enhance your cognitive abilities for academics. She shares personal stories of how sports taught her the value of continuous improvement, the importance of strategy, and effective time management. Dara's inspiring message is clear: athletics and academics are interconnected– achieving a balance between the two leads to success in both worlds. Join her on this journey of discovery, where sweat, tears, and laughs from the field can be applied to excel in the classroom.
#9 - RYAN KNIGHTON
NOTHING TO SEE HERE: ADVENTURES IN BLINDNESS
Ryan Knighton travels to the world's biggest rattlesnake roundup to put his blindness to the test, and learn about his disability, and hopefully not snakebites.