Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) has announced the second part of its TEDxSacredHeartSchoolsAtherton event; the inaugural virtual event occurred last spring, which pivoted from a live event to a virtual one when the COVID-19 crisis emerged. This year’s event will take place virtually on Wednesday, February 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. via a live webinar.
The theme from last year continues: “Humanness – Citizens of the Earth.” The three presenters, Harsimran Chohan (SHP ’22) Armin Hamrah (SHP ’23), Axel de Vernou (SHP ’21), along with this year’s host Anne-Sophie Lacombe (SHP ’21), were prerecorded presenting on stage at the SHS Performing Arts Center, however, the speakers will be on the webinar live to answer questions and speak with attendees. To register for the event, please visit SHS’s TEDx site
Harsimran Chohan, SHP ‘22
An Epidemic: A lack of Financial Literacy
“My parents weren't going to be there for me every time I needed to make a financial decision, and I had to find a way to learn about this stuff fast! How are students supposed to learn about foreign terminology commonly found in financial documents as well as what consequences their action, inaction, or lack of financial understanding may result in?” says Chohan.
Harsimran Chohan is a junior at Sacred Heart Preparatory (SHP) in Atherton. She is active within her school community and holds leadership positions on the Model UN Team, SHP Connections Committee, and Global Researching & Consultation (GRC) Program. Outside of school, Harsimran is training as a student pilot, works as a paddle-boarding/kayaking instructor, and plays club field hockey. Harsimran has always been interested in the arts, participating in school plays and a Bhangra (Indian dance) group since kindergarten. She aspires to pursue a career in law or psychology.
Armin Hamrah, SHP ’23
TED Talks or TikToks?: How Social Media Takes Away Our Humanness
“Living in the center of our increasingly digital world, I will untangle the connection between social media and its dehumanization. I hope you come into my talk open-mindedly and leave with a new perspective on its dehumanizing effects,” says Hamrah.
I am Armin Hamrah, a sophomore in high school. One way in which I spend my free time is by watching TED Talks that inspire me, something I hope to accomplish with you. Some other ways in which I spend my pastime are playing soccer, piano, and chess, all of which revolve around real-life, human interactions.
Axel de Vernou, SHP ‘21
A Healthy Balance: Promoting Innovation and Mental Health for STEM students
“While scientists have been very present in the news lately tackling the issues that our world is facing, we often forget about the stressful path which they had to take to get there. In this talk, I will be discussing how we can reshape our STEM curricula for students interested in pursuing math and science related fields in a way that promotes mental balance and creativity,” says de Vernou.
My name is Axel de Vernou and I am a high school senior. While my main passions are writing and reading, I enjoy studying a variety of subjects through an interdisciplinary lens, which is what inspired me to create a TedTalk focused on the intersection between STEM and mental health. I believe that our society can make great progress when people of different interests share their ideas in ways that inspire reflection and discourse.
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