Carmel High School to host TEDx event Dec. 1 


The student club TEDxCHS will host a one-day conference to showcase new ways of looking at old ideas. The conference is from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1 and is themed “In a New Light.”

“The whole goal behind TED as an international organization is ideas worth spreading,” TEDxCHS President Selin Oh said. “As a local chapter, we wanted to be able to create a space where we can elevate people’s ideas and voices so that they’ll also be able to share that with other people around here.”

Carmel High School student Crystal Xue speaks at a previous TEDx event. (Submitted photo)

The conference will be at Carmel High School, 520 E Main St, in the Studio Theatre. It will feature four student speakers and four adult speakers.

“We want to be able to engage our own peers, so that’s why we make sure that we have a set amount of student speakers,” Oh said. “But we also want to bring in adults because they are experts in their field and they have a much deeper knowledge than what students are capable of at our age right now.”

A past topic was looking at beauty pageants in a different light.

“Last year, a student spoke about beauty pageants and how people have misconceptions about them,” said Heidi Peng, TEDxCHS marketing and public relations committee head. “It was interesting because I would have never thought of a pageant in that way.”

Conference topics include death, failure, mental health, decision-making and energy.

“It’s a really relaxed setting and very casual,” Oh said. “It’s pretty inspiring to see what other people have to say about the topic at hand and perhaps even inspire you to create your own ideas.”

The event is open to the public. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at


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