Lakeview students attend TEDxDetroit

Lindsey Wertenberger, Staff Writer

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 On Wednesday, Sept. 26, ten members of Lakeview’s Student Council attended a TED Talk conference downtown at the Masonic Temple.

  This event has been going on in Detroit every year since 2009, but this was the first year a group of Lakeview’s students attended. Many student council members and advisors hope to attend again next year.

  The conference Lakeview students attended began at 9 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. with a variety of different speakers ranging from the owners of Goldfish Swim School to a performance by Cass Tech High School’s marching band. There were three sessions of speakers with TEDxLabs in between each session. The labs were a “business expo, art gallery, science fair and tech demo” all in one according to the TEDx website.

  Of the ten students attending the field trip, five were members of Student Council’s executive board. Eboard treasurer, Nick Rzeppa, ‘20 really enjoyed the overall experience, especially because a lot of the speakers were from Detroit or Michigan, which made their presentation more relatable.

 Rzeppa stated, “I like TED talks, so getting to experience them in person was really cool.”

  Another eboard member, Libby Anderson, ‘19 also found the event to be entertaining.

  She stated, “I really like how they tried to make each presentation a different event, like how there were music groups that performed between each speaker.”

  Anderson’s favorite presentation was by the Mack Brothers. The preteens began their presentation with a speech about finding opportunities instead of waiting for the opportunities to come to you, and how they have become entrepreneurs and app-developers at such a young age. Their presentation concluded with a musical performance of one of their original songs.

  Our school’s students were able to attend this event through a scholarship program found on facebook for educators to bring their students to. Both student council advisors, Stephanie Givinsky, Physics teacher, and Natalie Bowen, French teacher, applied for the scholarship.

  In order to apply, they were asked to fill out a Google form with questions about the involvement of leadership organizations at Lakeview, and why this talk would be beneficial for Lakeview’s students to hear.

  Givinsky included that she really enjoyed the event and found it to be one of the most inspirational events she has ever attended.

  “My favorite presentation was by Mahogany Jones. I loved her talk about how important it is to ‘Cardi B yourself’ and how she used the story of Cardi B as an inspiration to make stuff happen in your own life, in spite of obstacles and haters,” Givinsky stated.

  As of now, Givinsky and Bowen hope that they will be able to attend again next year as an opportunity to bring new students to hear the inspiring presentations by different influences from around Detroit and Michigan.

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