“Empathy can be both small and large. Both global and individual. But it is something we should all strive for.”
“Empathy is so important when it comes to social justice – when it comes to understanding the lives of those who are suffering.”
“I lack empathy most when I’m happy – on the top of the world.”
“99% of us are born empathetic.”
“Let’s do something. Let’s make empathy an active goal. Let’s teach empathy in school. Let’s make a concerted effort to be kinder and more empathetic to people in our lives.”
“Empathy is so attainable, and it can change the world.“
“What on earth is wrong with this world?” – Danielle Wallace
“I think we can all agree that this world is not perfect”
“What good is it to have an idea in the first place if it just stays in your head?”
“Who in your mind is the real you? How often do you see that person in real life? So often, I see a disconnect”
“The very things that I speak to an audience about are the things I need to work on in my own life. It’s almost like I’m giving this talk to my own self as well.“
Arman Azad is a vibrant, passionate member of the junior class. He takes part in dozens of clubs and strives to be the best he can possibly be. He serves as the Co-Editor in Chief for the student newspaper, The View. This year he also started his own club called Flint Hill Students for Social Justice and is the Co-President of a club called Operation Smile. In his spare time he sings in the Flint Hill A Capella group the Major Minors, helps out with the Flint Hill Literary Magazine, The Rough Draft, advises his peers by working with the student writing center, and tweets religiously. This year, as an Executive Team Member, he hopes to impart his social media knowledge by spreading the word of this TEDx event and generating excitement and in and outside of the Flint Hill community.
Sarah Al-Qatou is a vivacious, positive, dancer, actress, singer and tv lover in the twelfth grade at Flint Hill School. She strives for academic excellence and cannot wait to get into a great college this spring. She gave a TED Talk two years ago on resilience, strength and the importance of self-worth. This year she will act the team leader of Student Mentorship. She hopes to impart any knowledge she has from giving a talk on new students along with any knowledge she has learned in her experiences as a performer.
Danielle Wallace is a senior at Flint Hill who is giving her third Ted Talk in as many years. In addition to serving as Design Coordinator and Executive Team member, she is a peer counselor, pianist, and developing artist whose life goal is to combine her passion for people with a passion for art. Her talk will analyze the simple yet powerful phrase: “follow through,” which is the fundamental concept of acting on one’s vision for the world. To those who are waiting for something or someone else to change first, her message to you is that you need to wake up and start acting on those hopes and dreams. It starts with you.
Gabrielle Turner is a 12th grade student at Flint Hill . Gabrielle is currently a member of the SCA, FCA, and The View staff. Gabrielle has a keen interest in track and field, and she is involved both in and outside of school. She has been running track since she was in the seventh grade, and she has been to three national club meets. In her talk, Gabrielle hopes to inspire people to notice small things or injustices that they know are occurring and to stand up against them. Gabrielle imagines a world filled with less complacency, with people willing to take the initiative to create positive change.
Morgan Starnes is a 6th grade student with a passion for the arts. She loves to act, write, and share her work with the world through her blog. She loves horseback, especially at her four-week summer camp. Morgan’s talk is about achieving your goals, not just dreaming about them. Her talk features some famous dreams…and a goal of her own.