4 students, 1 Faculty member, and 4 other SMART PEOPLE!!!
This is our 9th 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 Mrs Albinati leading the charge. We also have some incredible industry leaders:
#1 - JACQUELINE ALBINATI - Faculty
CONNECTING - MAKE YOUR HEART BEAT IN TUNE WITH OTHERS
#2 - LUVINA FRANKEN '24
Luvina reflects on how screens have shaped our lives. She notes how our lives can get frantic and busy but stresses the importance of creating time for yourself away from screens. Just like coffee and energy drinks, she conveys how addictive devices can be and the necessity of not becoming dependent on them. Screens can be great tools, but they can have a negative impact on creativity, body image, motivation, and more. As Ross A. MacInnes wrote, "Only a few people actually look up and see the beauty around them."
Luvina Franken is a competitive dancer, dirt biker, climber, and more from British Columbia, Canada. She is currently completing her Grade 11 year at Brentwood College School. As a person always looking to help others, Luvina can be found volunteering, such as at the food bank, or often helping others achieve their goals. In the future, she aspires to pursue a career in the sciences, specifically in the medical field.
#3 - LANE MERRIFIELD
STEPPING THROUGH FEAR
#4 - ZANDER LEVENBERG '23 & LAILA REED '23
HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT SUBCONCUSSION BEFORE?
As co-leaders of B.R.A.I.N Brentwood research and innovation in neuroscience, Zander and Laila have dedicated their time to a research study concerning the effects of subconcussive head impacts on cognitive function. The primary purpose of their TEDx talk is to contextualize the findings of the study and similar research. We hope that the audience will leave our talk with a deeper understanding of the potential consequences that playing contact sports can have on the brain health of teens.
#5 - ANGEL SAVANAGOUDER '25
BICULTURALISM: WHERE THE HECK DO I GO?
Being part of multiple cultures is a fantastic and thrilling experience, but at times it can be hard to find a sense of identity in a world that constantly tries to tell you who you are. There are so many common misconceptions about belonging to different cultures, and this can create a blurred self-image. I've always struggled with seeing my friends and family who all seemed to understand their cultures and where they fit, and I couldn't understand who I am. Am I Indian? Am I Canadian? But eventually, I'm learning to understand, that I am who I make myself to be, I decide what parts of both cultures I want to be. I can be Indian and Canadian and that is something I wish I realized earlier. This is my personal story of learning to know who I am and to be proud of that.
Angel, is 15 years old and in Gr.10. Both her parents and her brother were born and raised in India, she, however, was born in Nunavut. She enjoys reading mysteries and fiction, writing short stories( especially on her typewriter) and watching crime shows. She can understand Kannada (a language spoken in Karnataka, India) and a little bit of Hindi, and can speak neither as she was made fun of when she was younger as her Canadian accent ruins the pronunciation. Angel loves stress baking and spending time with my friends and friends. In the future, she plans on becoming a criminologist or a neurosurgeon.
#6 -DR. ALEXINA MEHTA ND, BHK
THE POWER OF WORDS
#7 - FRANÇOIS DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN
THE CROSSROADS: SOLVING NORTH AMERICA'S WATER CRISIS
In his TEDX talk, Mr. de Gaspé Beaubien will address the fact that water is at the epicenter of climate change impacts as well as the state of our fresh water: a disaster that has leaders in all sectors in turmoil. And a call to arms: our water’s future depends on solutions developed today.
#8 - CAMRYN ROGERS
GOALS VERSUS OBJECTIVES
In my talk, I will discuss the difference between setting goals and setting objectives in pursuance of those goals. By reflecting on my athletic career thus far, I will lay out the plan which helped me make my Olympic dream reality. I will do this by outlining four key objectives which were crucial to competing in the 2021 Tokyo Games: (1) Hitting the qualification standard, (2) Building a high competition average and learning to not rely on luck, (3) Proving myself when it counted most and gaining confidence in my abilities, and (4) Believing that I earned and deserved my place to compete with the best in the world. In laying out these four objectives, my aim is to express our need to continue setting big goals but to also recognize that these goals require methodical planning to ensure our utmost success and growth throughout the whole process.
Camryn Rogers is a track and field athlete from Richmond, BC and has specialized in the women's hammer throw since 2012. Camryn is a World Silver Medalist, Commonwealth Games Champion, Canadian Record Holder and is the youngest ever Olympic Games finalist. She has represented the University of California, Berkeley since 2018, successfully completing her double major in Political Economy and Society & Environment and becoming a Three-Time NCAA Champion and NCAA record holder in the hammer throw with a throw of 77.67 meters. She is currently working toward completing her M.A. in the Cultural Studies of Sport and Education at Berkeley and is preparing for her professional athletic career.