Learning occurred on multiple levels at TEDxAllendaleColumbiaSchool on February 3rd. You may already be familiar with TED talks, and TEDx events are local versions of those talks. What makes this TEDx event different from most is that it was planned and produced from start to finish by AC students.
TED events are all about sharing ideas, and, as one would expect, the sold-out audience gained a lot of insights from a stellar selection of presenters:
- Sam Thomson, Student, Boston University, and CEO, Bluum
- 17 School 17 Student Council
- Alan Raskin, Student, Calkins Road Middle School
- Anderson Allen, Assistant Educational Coordinator, Boys, and Girls Club of Rochester
- Natalie Northrup, Student, Honeoye Falls-Lima High School
- Andrew Brady, President & Chief Evolutionary Officer, The XLR8 Team, Inc. and Conscious Capitalism ROC
- Emily Atieh, Senior, Allendale Columbia School
- Brian Roets, Practice Lead: Infrastructure and End-User Computing, SMP Corp
- Carmen Gumina, Superintendent, Webster School District
But the learning behind the scenes by students in the TEDx class and club that produced the event will probably have the biggest, longest impacts, according to faculty advisors Amy Oliveri and Tony Tepedino. We posed some questions to three of the students who led the effort, Rachel Sherin ’19, Marissa Frenett ’19, and Fiona Lutz ’20.
Q: What were some of your objectives for this year’s TEDx event? Did you meet those objectives?
Rachel: For this year’s TEDx event, we wanted it more geared towards kids. In the past, more of the older community was present at the event. This year we had one speaker from Allendale and two other students from different schools present at the event. We also had a good turnout of student attendees and volunteers.
Marissa: One of our very most important objectives was to get many sponsors from local people. We tried to get all dinner items from local restaurants. With plenty of work, we successfully got a salad from Headwater Food Hub, pizza from Salvatore’s, and mac and cheese from Macarollin!
Q: TEDx is about ideas worth spreading. Does that stop with the event, or how do you plan to continue spreading the ideas presented going forward?
Fiona: Because our event brings in a lot of members from outside the Allendale community, the goal for our TEDx is to leave people thinking about new ideas they might not have considering before and to share them with their peers. Especially with this year’s theme about restarting, we hope that people can apply the topics presented to their everyday life. Not only do we hope that our event’s talks and topics will inspire others in the community, but these talks are also shared online as well which can then be seen by virtually anyone.
Q: How has your experience with TEDx impacted you, either with the ideas presented or in the production of the event?
Marissa: TEDx has impacted me a lot. I think specifically the last speaker was very inspiring. He helped me realize that finding a good combination between academics and happiness is very important and should be done. That talk sort of changed the way I approach things now.
Fiona: Before becoming a part of the TEDx class, I attended the event for several years prior, but this year when I joined the class and actually got to work hands on with something I was genuinely interested in, it was very rewarding. As a part of the class, I was able to be a speaker coach for Samuel Thompson, who spoke about striving for progress over perfection. Seeing Sam’s talk come together over the few months I worked with him and then actually being able to see his talk live on the TEDx stage was great because not only had we both worked so hard on preparing him for the event, but Sam’s talk was personally relatable to me, since even during the semester, I struggled on working towards my goals and often times wanted perfection so badly, but was disappointed when things didn’t work as planned. His talk gave me a different perspective.
Q: What one thing do you want to carry forward from the event?
Rachel: Everyone worked so hard together to put the event together. I would like to carry that passion and positive energy throughout life.
Marissa: I thought that teamwork played a huge role in the success of this event. We all had to find speakers, sponsors, and a bunch of other stuff. That is what made our event as great as it was. I want to carry that, being open to work with people I wouldn’t usually.
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Entrepreneurship, Global Engagement, Highlights, Invent, Ninth Grade, Partnerships, Tenth Grade, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
Conducted by Wilderness Medical Associates International, this is the best and most comprehensive course of its kind, offering relevant and realistic ﬁrst aid training for seasonal outdoor activities or short term wilderness endeavors and pursuits.
Wilderness First Aid is a two-day introduction to general medical concepts and basic life support skills. It is targeted to the outdoor enthusiast on day trips or short adventures. The course is taught by professional instructors with significant patient care and backcountry experience. This course is traditionally scheduled for two days or 16 hours of instructional and practice time. Upon successful completion, students will receive certification in Wilderness First Aid and Adult CPR.
For those signing up by January 31st, the cost of the training session is $225.00. On February 1, the registration fee increases to $250.00. Classes run approx. 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Certification is good for 3 years. Participants must be age 18 or older.
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Global Engagement, Highlights, Partnerships, The Birches, Twelfth Grade, Upper School, US Birches
Allendale Columbia has deepened its global impact in Nicaragua by initiating a relationship with the 2 Wheels Bike Project. The project’s founder, Alejandro Solano, believes that every child should have the chance for an education to help them break out of the cycle of poverty. Therefore, he provides bikes to children in need to help them get to school and assist their families with daily life.
AC middle schooler Keira Donnelly led the initiative to sell hand-made Nicaraguan bracelets to students in order to support the project. Due to her efforts and the generosity of the Middle School students, AC raised and donated $100 to the project. This means that two young children in El Sauce, Nicaragua, won’t have to walk over an hour to school any more. They will be able to use their new bikes to arrive safely and quickly to school.
This partnership will come full circle in May when a group of AC students will go to El Sauce to build two homes for families in need and visit a rural school. While experiencing this, our students will see how much of an impact they have made with their humble donation of two bikes.
We hope to make this an annual tradition. If you would like to support this initiative, please visit www.2wheelsproject.org.
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eighth Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Kid Kudos, Middle School, MS Birches, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, The Birches
New this year, AC hosted the first annual Heritage Dinner on Thursday, October 5th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Dining Commons to kick off Homecoming weekend.
Upper School families were invited to celebrate the heritage of our diverse AC Upper School student, parent, and staff body and a short program was part of the dinner theatre experience!
It was an incredible event, with wonderful food and great participation from parents and students, some even saying it was one of the best events that they have attended at AC!
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Ninth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School
On Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th, 13 Upper School students represented the delegations from Ukraine and Poland at the United Nations Association of Rochester’s Model United Nations Conference at St. John Fisher College.
AC students joined delegates from across western New York to debate current and pressing issues facing our world and collaborate on creating and passing resolutions.
Lila Campbell, Class of 2018, was selected to serve as Co-Chair of the United Nations Environmental Programme, and Cassidy Draper, Class of 2019, and Grant Turner, Class of 2018, were recognized with “Best New Delegate” awards in their committees. Check out the photos below and please join us in congratulating our students!
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eleventh Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Tenth Grade, Upper School
AC students are traveling the world – and so are their photos! Last school year, AC Middle and Upper School students traveled to places like Madagascar and Senegal. The photos they took during those trips are now part of a traveling photo exhibit – check out the photos in this album to get an idea of the sights they saw during their travels!
Posted in: Centers for Impact, Eighth Grade, Eleventh Grade, Global Engagement, Highlights, Middle School, Ninth Grade, Seventh Grade, Sixth Grade, Tenth Grade, Twelfth Grade, Upper School