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Free local TEDx event features 12 Toledo-area high school students

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A TEDx event featuring 12 local high school students is coming April 26 to the campus of Maumee Valley Country Day School. The free Friday event is 5-8 p.m. and open to the public and there is no need to RSVP. To access the event, guests may enter through the main doors of the Millennium Theatre; look for directional signage on campus. This event will consist of many breaks including one longer one towards the middle where snacks and dinner will be provided.

This year’s co-organizers of TEDxMaumeeValleyCountryDaySchool​ are sophomore Layan Ridi and junior Daivik Patel.

“We had tremendous response from our peers throughout the area, and the topics they chose will both entertain and educate,” said Layan. Assisting the MV students is Dr. Dan Cohen, a member of the social studies faculty at Maumee Valley.

This year’s speakers will each give up to an 8-minute talk. The speakers, schools, and topics are:

  • Sydney Abercrombie: Maumee Valley Country Day School, 11th grade: The Joy of Music and Life
  • Abigail Beier: Notre Dame Academy, 10th grade: Empathy in the Face of Fear
  • Zayn Cheema: Ottawa Hills High School 11th grade: Consumerism Beyond Buying, Understanding Impact
  • Eshan Darr: Maumee Valley Country Day School, 12th grade: Mosaic of Identity: Piecing Together Who We Are
  • May Drew: Maumee Valley Country Day School, 11th grade: Blood Quantum: Minimizing Identity
  • Reihana Djema: Sylvania Southview High School, 11th grade: Global Reflections: The Ten Stages of Genocide
  • Tristan Hirt: Maumee Valley Country Day School, 11th grade: Dream the Storm
  • Arjun Jayaraman: Anthony Wayne High School, 10th grade: How Our Idols can Motivate Us
  • Aradhya Muthumula: Anthony Wayne High School, 10th grade: The Bright Side
  • Vaneesa Panchal: Sylvania Northview High School 11th grade: Red Flags in Our Food to Rock Bottom: The Journey of Entrepreneurship.
  • Raelyn Perry: Sylvania Southview High School, 11th grade: Phone Addictions
  • Robbie Zhang: Perrysburg High School, 9th Grade: Why Asian Sons Should Appreciate Their Mothers

More about the event can be found on Instagram (@TEDxMVCDS) and Twitter (@TEDxMVCDS). The event is sponsored by S&G Stores. For more details, visit

ABOUT TEDxMaumeeValleyCountryDaySchool​
TEDxMaumeeValleyCountryDaySchool​ is a local event organized by Maumee Valley students for their peers to share ideas and passions with a receptive audience. The topics are designed to promote thought-provoking discussion on topics relevant to their generation.

Launched in 2009, 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 events are branded TEDx, where x = an independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TED is on a mission to discover and spread ideas that spark imagination, embrace possibility and catalyze impact. Our organization is devoted to curiosity, reason, wonder and the pursuit of knowledge — without an agenda. We welcome people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world and engagement with others, and we invite everyone to engage with ideas and activate them in your community.