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Northbrook High School TEDx Speakers announced by Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Jennifer Blaine


Northbrook High School is hosting a TEDx event on May 19, and there's already a buzz. The lineup of speakers was announced by Spring Branch ISD Superintendent, Dr. Jennifer Blaine, during a recent visit with the school's journalism students.

The event's theme, Collective Greatness, will look at how communities leverage the strength of individuals to reach challenging goals. It will also explore how working together helps communities exceed expectations. Student organizers hope the event will generate optimism and positive action in a post-pandemic future. All event speakers are seniors in Northbrook’s Class of 2022.

Speakers include:

  • Celeste Cabrales
  • Diana Reyes
  • Doan Huynh
  • Evelyn Flores
  • Jesse Sandoval
  • Junior Gonzalez
  • Mariah Martinez
  • Marisol Roman
  • Nija Young
  • Obed Ramirez

A group of more than 12 students worked collaboratively to organize and plan the event, including educators Pablo Victor, Meghan Donnelly, Audiel Espitia, Kelly Kretschmar, and Abena Ntoso. 

"Everyone was of great help as we all pulled our weight in organizing this event. Working as a team with my fellow students and teachers was a really comforting experience, knowing that I have such talented individuals to interact with on a day-to-day basis," said student Ruben Alanis.

Student participants are not the only ones to benefit from the project-based learning experience that included brainstorming a theme, recruiting speakers, and marketing the event. 

School leaders are committed to providing experiences that empower students to develop critical character traits as part of T-2-4 readiness. "Our teamwork at Northbrook is limitless. We are working together to offer our students a way to express and embrace their curiosity and ask compelling questions to the world. It's what makes working here so enjoyable," educator Pablo Victor said.   

So far, more than 40 people have signed up to attend the event. For more information and to reserve tickets for the TEDx event, click here.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, onTED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; The Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translators, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work, a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Pindrop and TEDxSHORTS.

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