Strong Lancer voices at TEDx talks
Fifteen Lancers took the stage last February at TEDxSaintFrancisHS to share their stories and the issues that are important to them. The speakers discussed varied topics such as science and religion, diverse and accurate representation, finding one’s identity, and more.
“It shows how thoughtful teenagers can be,” said junior co-director Haley Flahavan. “My grandparents watched the event and felt like they learned something from teenagers, and I think that’s cool.”
The event was live streamed, and the videos are now available online to view.
Junior Katelyn Mihalko, who co-directed with Haley and senior Anay Nagarajan, says one of the best things about the event is that students can bring their whole selves to the TEDx community at school.
“This is a space where you can be yourself, be vulnerable and be supported,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of serious topics, and it’s scary to put yourself out there. Saint Francis is not just an academic school, but it can be a place where you are allowed to just be.”
The student co-directors were forced to navigate around the challenges of organizing an event during the pandemic, and they credit their success to Mrs. Shortal, their moderator who encouraged and supported them. With pandemic obstacles behind them, Katelyn and Haley are very excited about returning next year as directors and seeing how they can expand the program so that more people can be involved with it.
“It’s empowering to hear people your age sharing their story,” said Haley.