Spotlighting Young Presenters: Ted Talks

Spotlighting Young Presenters: Ted Talks

NEHS @ MAST First Ever Ted Talk Spring Event !

The National English Honor Society sponsored by Ms. Olivera will be hosting their first ever Ted Talk Spring Event! These Ted talks will be presented by our very own students over a zoom meeting on April 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and we encourage you to watch these young presenters as they unfold  diverse topics that will knock the socks right off your feet. These presentations have been in preparation since the beginning of the school year. From studying Ted Talks to creating their very own, the presenters meticulously chose topics that were near and dear to them and turned into something more through the incorporation of their own experiences and emotions, which makes it all the more special. Through constant practice to the very last moment, the presenters have shown exemplary diligence as they take on this important role. Not only did they develop notable Ted Talks but they are also personal messages they hope stick with you. So mark the date on your calendars and be there to watch and support the National English Honor Society!

Below is a sneak peek into who the presenters are and what their Ted talks are all about:

Stephanie Chavez is currently a senior at MAST @ Homestead and Newspaper Co-Editor in Chief for The Caduceus Times. She has a passion for writing as well as reading and intends to pursue this passion by majoring in English at Western Carolina University this coming fall.

“This Ted Talk is about the struggles of a young child that slowly began to a realize what society really had in store for her. She has been taken aback and decides she will continue to prevail amongst anything and everything. The small leak in her house that was once there creeps up on her years later for her to be able to make this realization. The constant judgements against minorities she has witnessed have built up and the leak in this ceiling that has been patched up is now ready to burst.”

Osarenren Izevbigie a senior at MAST @ Homestead plans on attending the University of Pennsylvania majoring in political science. She is the Vice President of P.O.W.E.R (Preserving Observance and Widespread Empowerment and Respect), a diversity club in M.A.S.T @ Homestead. She received The Best of The Best Award from FSPA (Florida Scholastic Press Association) in Deadline Prose.

“My Ted talk is about misogynoir which is a type of misogyny directed specifically towards black women coupled with the struggles of racism.”

Ileana Martinez is currently a junior at MAST and secretary of the Class of 2022. She is also a member of the other honor societies, such as NHS, SNHS, and Rho Kappa. Next year she will return as president of NEHS.

“My Ted Talk is about the effects of virtual learning on students’ productivity, why it has shown to have negative effects, and ways for students to solve productivity for the future.”

Alyssa Mullings is a senior at the Medical Academy for Science and Technology at Homestead. Her love for presenting developed as she took AP Seminar and AP Language and Composition. She is a full-time writer for The Caduceus Times, the school’s newspaper, where she focuses on feature articles and a personal columns titled “Affirmations with Ally”. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading self-growth novels and studying psychology. 

“My ted talk revolves around self-worth. I share my story of having hormonal acne since the 6th grade and the effect it had on my mental health. For years I was so hard on myself because I didn’t live up to the beauty standards. I thought something was wrong with how I looked when in reality there was something wrong with my worth: I had none. I had to learn that my worth is in my hands and no one else’s. In addition to the fact that worth doesn’t come from how you look but how you treat others and yourself. My goal for this ted talk is to break down societal expectations. To help others learn that only they can decide how beautiful and worthy they are and whether other people agree or not doesn’t matter.”

This event could not have been accomplished without the officers of the National English Honor Society and its wonderful sponsor, Ms. Olivera. Taking time after school to help each and every student on their very own individual project, as well as preparing, and leaving open arms, Ms.Olivera has only helped enrich and nurture the outstanding outcomes you will see that night. 

We hope that you join us on April 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm, and come ready to laugh, cry, but mostly be significantly impressed by the efforts and commitment these students have made to bring you these Ted Talks. Official Zoom link will be posted in Google Classrooms!

Stephanie Chavez
Stephanie Chavez

Stephanie Chavez is Co-Editor in Chief of The Caduceus Times and loves to write articles that will create an impact amongst the student body. She hopes to pursue a career in English and loves to learn and receive feedback from her peers to help improve her writing as well as flourish in the English department. As a Latina she loves celebrating as much of her culture as possible and enjoys learning about other cultures. Read her articles and gain more insight about the different perspectives and world around you.