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Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Aarna is a junior at Sunset High School where she is involved with student leadership and many clubs-four of which she holds a leadership position in. Out of these clubs, the one she is most passionate about is Students Against Sexual Oppression, a small part of the non-profit organization she founded sophomore year. Besides activism, public speaking is a passion of hers. Outside of school, she is on the Planned Parenthood Teen Council and a crisis volunteer for the OR Youthline. She will be speaking about her advocacy around sexual violence as an ally, and the issue itself.
Danica is a sophomore at Lincoln High School. She participates in the annually nationally recognized Constitution Team at Lincoln, and is a policy debate captain. Additionally, she is on Teen Council, an all inclusive sexual health education and leadership program. Danica is passionate about music, art and public speaking. She is excited to talk about social media and activism in her speech.
Mithra Karamchedu is a sophomore at Jesuit High School, where he runs Computer Science Club and participates on the Robotics team. In his free time, Mithra enjoys reading, programming, and learning about computer science and its influence on the world. His speech is largely inspired by a science fair project he did focusing on the relationship between fractal geometry and glacial melt, and will focus on the collective effort involved in solving this issue.
Reyna is a junior at the Beaverton High School. She participates in on the school’s robotics team, where she is the first female electrical lead. In addition, Reyna is the president of the Best-Buddies chapter at her school. Outside of school, Reyna has started her own nonprofit focused on encouraging young girls in STEM called CIA Science. She plans on speaking about how CIA Science came to be, how it was implemented, and the revolutionary results it has brought.
Soumik is a senior at Jesuit High School. He is passionate about math and science and participates in science fairs for fun, where he as been recognized at varying levels. He is the co-founder of his schools Science Olympiad chapter and is also Co-editor in chief of the Health and Science Newsletter and the leader of the entrepreneurship club at Jesuit. Soumik has noticed the invisible epidemic of stress, especially among adolescents, and has created a product that can detect stress in a non-invasive way.
Tarun is a junior at Westview High School. He is on the National Honors Society Board at his school and the Science Bowl team at his school. Tarun loves to watch sports, like a lot of his friends, but unlike many of his peers, he is a savvy investor. Tarun plans to talk about how the number of people in our generation buying stock is declining. He wants to show our generation how important investing is at this time, and how it can kickstart young peoples’ futures.
Tasneem is a senior at Lincoln High School. She is part of the Center Youth Collective, working to host events and create podcasts on the intersectionality of race. She has participated in speech and debate for 2 years, is the president of the Arab Student Union at her school and makes a LOT of art. Tasneem plans to speak about how the culture of Muslim women at present is being revolutionized and in contrast with how people steroetypically view Muslim women, in addition to how that that cultural movement is impacting the Western world and culture.
Vedanth is a junior at Sunset High School where he is the President of the Science Fair Club and the Founder of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge Club. He is passionate about science research. Vedanth wanted to find a cost effective solution for improving rechargeable lithium ion batteries and has discovered high energy and efficient battery materials using Computational Quantum Mechanics. He has been recognized nationally for his research and is currently working with Caltech and OSU. He will be speaking about turning rejection into success through his experience as a young scientist and how science has revolutionized the society we live in today.
2019 Featured PERFORMANCE
Lincoln High School's Vivace Acapella Choir will be performing in the 2019 event!