Highlights from “Understanding Autism” by Brendan Metz

Brendan Metz, whose brother was diagnosed with Autism, hopes to educate the Flint Hill audience.

Brendan Metz, whose brother was diagnosed with Autism, hopes to educate the Flint Hill audience.

“If you think about it, it’s only when we introduce others into the mix that we realize some people act differently than others”

“What Autism really is, is a big group of disorders. We call it a spectrum.

“As of very recently, we don’t classify Autism in terms of severity—we classify it in terms of the levels of support that person needs. And I think that’s awesome.

“A lot of people don’t consider the classic conflict between won’t versus can’t

“Consider, next time you see someone who’s a little off, consider ‘won’t versus can’t’

Highlights from “Stop Dreaming; Start Doing” by Morgan Starnes

"Everyone has a dream, some just haven't realized it yet" – Morgan Starnes

“Everyone has a dream, some just haven’t realized it yet” – Morgan Starnes

“When I go to the movies, I study the actors and try to understand their methods, their secrets to success

I became a sponge with all the information I soaked in” – Starnes on visiting Hollywood to learn more about the acting process

He fought with his words, not his fist, but he fought. He fought long and hard, and only then did he achieve his dream” – Starnes on Martin Luther King, Jr.

“You have to be brave enough to take the actions, even if you might not succeed”

“Everyone has a dream, some just haven’t realized it yet.”

“Do you want your dreams to come true? If so, do you have the courage to make them come to life?

Highlights from “How To Attain True Freedom” by Nala Duma

Nala Duma discusses existentialism and monsters in his TED talk.

Nala Duma discusses existentialism and monsters in his TED talk.

“I thought about this very idealistic lifestyle in which existentialism could exist. To me, it’s a lifestyle in which true freedom exists.

“If we define alternatives to what being human means, then we can define ourselves.

“The birth of a society’s monsters begins with the gestation of certain fears.

“A person or thing must also reflect the undesirable characteristics of a society as well to become a monster”

“They are fearful of the threat of these young men’s being to their own quality of life and privilege” – Duma on police officers and black men

“Once we make these people into monsters, other black boys begin to fear their blackness.

“Our society makes people into monsters. We make these black boys into monsters, then we kill them.

“When I see myself in boys like Trayvon, I also see myself in the dead body that’s lying face first on the ground.”

Highlights from “A World Where Opportunity Knocks at your Door” by Arnav Boppudi

"Let's get started!" – Arnav as he took the stage.

“Let’s get started!” – Arnav as he took the stage.

“I see kids here at FHS take their education for granted every day, even me sometimes”

“As Benjamin Franklin once said, time is money. If I spend my effort and time, it’s equivalent to me donating money

“I speak not for myself, but for those without a voice.” – Boppudi quotes Malala Yousafzai in his TEDx talk.

“I urge everyone here to simply appreciate everything they have. Just show appreciation. Thank you.”

Highlights from “Technology: Changing the Game” by Neeta Singh

"Technology is a game-changer. Literally" – Neeta Singh

“Technology is a game-changer. Literally” – Neeta Singh

“We have to go beyond injury prevention and reach into the realm of injury research

“All of this data is sent in real-time to a hand-held device used by trainers on the sidelines”

“Products like these have transformed the technological landscape of every average American” – Singh on Fitbits, Jawbone Up’s, and other devices

“Technology is revolutionizing both personal and professional athleticism

Highlights from “Celebrity” by Sabra McBride

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Sabra McBride discusses redefining celebrity

“She was a little girl with a huge heart” – Sabra McBridge describing Rachel Beckwith, a philanthropist who is McBride’s type of celebrity

“Patricia Moore, at the age of 26, started a social research project to find out how stores treated the elderly”

For Sabra McBride, her celebrities may be people you’ve never even heard of.

“When Alex was very young, he realized that many homeless children didn’t have toys to play with” – McBride on Alex Triestman’s inspiration for his charitable organisation

“She started an organization for a malaria-free world

“I’d like to change the definition of celebrity to being ‘recognized or celebrated’ for doing something worthwhile

Highlights from “A Grassroots Approach to Addressing Illiteracy” by Roshini Balan

"What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it." – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy

“What I want this time is for me to be able to offer them my book, and for them to take it, read it, enjoy it, and take knowledge from it.” – Balan on the importance of encouraging literacy

“She shook her head, and said no. I was confused” – Balan on handing a book to an Indian girl who couldn’t read.

“I realized how, if reading had such a positive impact on my life, how negative of an effect it had on those who couldn’t read

“98% of illiterate people are concentrated in thee major areas. Two thirds are women. In the U.S., some take literacy for granted

“14% of our adult population can’t read. 21% of adults read below a fifth grade level.

“The U.S. continues to have one of the highest relative child poverty rates among developed countries”

“This is clearly not an easy issue to solve, or it would have been fixed by now.

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