Crossroads in time, in space, of culture, of ideas, of disciplines...
See how our speakers interpret our 2018 theme on November 17th.
Clear your calendar - It's going down! You're invited to take part in the festivities. Come one, come all, bring a guest, and hang loose. This is going to be epic!
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Costa Burnovas is a senior at Sunset High School where he is the National Honor Society Public Relations Director, and he is involved with DECA and UNICEF. He received an Outstanding Business Student award at his high school, and he plans on studying finance in college. His dream school is the University of Pennsylvania. With education ranked of high importance in his life, Costa plans to speak about societal socioeconomic imbalance and how that impacts college students.
caitlyn aldersea & madeline gochee
Caitlyn Aldersea and Madeline Gochee are seniors at Lincoln. Together, they have held student government offices for 3 years at Lincoln, and are currently the first female ASB Co-Presidents duo in Lincoln's 150-year history. Caitlyn is president of Lincoln's Model United Nations team and an undersecretary for the Oregon High School International Relations League. Madeline is a policy debater and one of the captains for Lincoln's debate team. Both have served as political interns: Caitlyn for IGNITE, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting female political leadership; Madeline for Senator Ron Wyden's office in Portland. Both hope to continue their passion for gender equality in politics which will be at the forefront of their ted talk.
Dominic Debettencourt is a junior at Jesuit High School where he participates in cross country, track and field, and various academic clubs, including Science Olympiad, of which he is the co-founder. He has noticed a recent trend towards our society becoming more polarized and sees that social media is a major cause of it, which is why he decided to speak about it. While he uses social media himself, he thinks it is important that we learn to think more critically about what we see on it.
Evan is a junior at Lincoln High School. Evan is deeply interested in government and communications and was a national finalist while on Lincoln’s Constitution Team. A child of Deaf parents, Evan is fluent in American Sign Language and tries to raise awareness about the Deaf community wherever possible. When at home, Evan enjoys watching Netflix and hanging out with his dog, Pancake.
Ryan Westcott is a junior at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. In school, he loves science, math, and engineering classes. He is the co-lead of OES’s rocketry team. He was awarded the 1st place Air Force award and the 3rd place category award for Embedded Systems for his research in the area of autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles. He currently operates Aeronautics Northwest, a non-profit corporation focused on inspiring students for a potential future in the aerospace and drone industry.
Yarra Abozaed is a junior at Westview who will be speaking about the crossroads of opportunity and culture. Her speech stems from her experience moving to the United States from the Middle East when she was in middle school. Yarra hopes to widen the positive impact of technology in our world, and increase accessibility to technology to students around the world. She dreams to lead an industry of revolutionary technologists one day! In her free time she enjoys being a photographer, weight lifting and playing music.
hank c. sanders
Hank is a senior at Lincoln High School. He started a non-profit called CardsCook where students at PPS schools serve meals to homeless people after school. They’ve served over 20,000 meals and raised awareness for helping homeless youth in our society. Hank is speaking about how giving a dollar can change the world. His favorite animals are tadpoles and penguins.
Lincoln High School's Vivace Acapella Choir performed in the 2018 event!