K. M. Walton is the author of Cracked (Simon Pulse ~ Simon & Schuster 2012), Empty (Simon Pulse ~ Simon & Schuster 1-1-2013) and the co-author of Teaching Numeracy: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking (Corwin Press 2011 - lead author Margie Pearse) for mathematics teachers K - 8. As a former middle-school language-arts teacher she's passionate about education and ending peer bullying. She gives school presentations on the topic "The Power of Human Kindness." She lives in PA with her husband, two sons, cat, and turtle. Visit the author at kmwalton.com or follow her on twitter @kmwalton1. Her books are available for sale at Amazon.com.
Erik Saar was born and raised in Pennsylvania and worked his way through King's College in Wilkes-Barre, PA by loading trucks at UPS. After completing his degree, Erik chose to serve his country and enlisted in the United States Army. Trained as an Arabic Linguist and Intelligence Analyst, Erik supported the FBI in New York City shortly after the events of 9/11. He also held assignments with the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Maryland, and Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He was the recipient of the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.
Following Erik's honorable discharge, he obtained a Masters Degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and served as a Counterterrorism Consultant to the Defense Department. In his current job, Erik works in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and facilitates information sharing at times of global crisis.
Erik is a doctoral student at Alvernia University and is married to former Wilson school teacher (and soccer and tennis coach) Darcie Hite Saar. Darcie and Erik are the proud parents of two boys — Griffin, age 5 and Jasper, age 3. The Saar family lives in Lower Heidelberg Township.
Scot Case is an internationally recognized expert with more than 19 years of professional experience in sustainable business strategy development, responsible purchasing, green supply chains, and environmental marketing. As Director of Markets Development for UL Environment, Scot helps connect retailers and consumers seeking environmentally and socially responsible products with the manufacturers supplying them.
Scot has testified before the U.S. Congress on green marketing issues and has consulted with a variety of organizations around the world including the White House Office of the Federal Environmental Executive; Wal-Mart and its suppliers; the World Bank; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; the Japanese Green Purchasing Network; government agencies in the Philippines, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Australia; the National Institute of Governmental Purchasers; National Association of State Purchasing Officials; and dozens of U.S. Federal agencies and state and local governments.
He has published more than four dozen articles, case studies, and book chapters. Scot wrote an extensive series of reports documenting the growing environmental purchasing movement for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He was a key contributor to the Sins of Greenwashing studies, which continue to receive considerable media attention including interviews with him on NPR, Good Morning America, CNN, The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, Business Week, and many others. Scot was also featured in a 2010 Emmy-award winning documentary on green purchasing.
Michele Cambardella has been a bulldog since 1978, teaching AP English Literature and Composition and CP English 12 here at Wilson. Raised in northeastern PA in a family that always valued education, Michele was the first in her family to be college educated and has ever been grateful for the sacrifices her parents made to make that possible. She completed undergrad work at Bloomsburg University and graduate work at Wilkes College and Millersville University.
Her interest in mindfulness began when she completed the University of Penn program in Mindfulness SBR program and expanded to various programs in using Mindfulness in Education. She has served as a national reader for the AP exam, and presented a workshop at the College Board national conference entitled “Balancing Academic Rigor with Student Wellness.” Her class discussions are lively and student-centered. Students are invited to read closely with an awareness of their response to the text. Awareness of this process can significantly deepen understanding of not only the text but, more importantly, of the self and of the world in which we live. Her work has been informed by the work of Parker Palmer’s “Courage to Teach” program, Ellen Langer’s work on the power of mindful learning, Dan Siegel’s research on the mindful brain, and a daily practice of yoga and mindfulness meditation.
She and her husband, Bill, live in Lower Heidelberg Township and are the proud parents of a son, Michael and a daughter Cara Maria. She loves painting, hiking, and cooking and secretly hopes to compete one day on Chopped. Ever grateful for all the students she has taught who have helped here stay in the “here and now,” she is a passionate advocate for public education.
Dr. Sunil Y. Widge was appointed Senior Vice President – Strategic Business Development & Governmental Affairs of Carpenter Technology in 2010. Widge, a 35-year veteran of Carpenter, previously served as Sr. Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and was responsible for leading process and product research and development in new material applications to meet customer and market needs and for leading the expansion of Carpenter’s world-renowned scientific capability in specialty alloy materials technology. He was also responsible for the promotion of Carpenter’s new products.
His other past positions at the Company include Vice President for Business Development and Chief Technology Officer, Vice President – Forged Bar Business Group and Technology, Vice President for Technology and Quality and Director of Research and Development. Widge began his career with Carpenter in 1976 as an assistant metallurgist in the High Temperature Alloy Operation.
In addition to his bachelor’s in metallurgy from the College of Engineering in Poona, India, Widge also earned a master’s degree in metallurgy and material science from Lehigh University, a doctorate in metallurgy and material science from Lehigh University and a MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.
Widge is the holder of five U.S. patents and has held various leadership roles and committee memberships with the American Society of Metals, the Metallurgical Society, the Industrial Research Institute and the Special Materials Processing Consortium. He also serves on the board of directors of Alvernia University.
Cristina Serban is a senior at Wilson who has spent more than half of her life in Western Europe, in Romania. This (along with annual visits to the country) has influenced her immensely and has led her to pursue her passion for global humanitarianism and social justice. At Wilson, she is currently the President of the Interact Club and participates in foreign affairs activities with the Model United Nations and the World Quest group; she also enjoys spending time with her family and friends (both here and in Romania), mentoring Whitfield students as part of the Big Brother/Big Sister Program and hurdling on the Wilson track & field team. Cristina's global perspective inspired her to pursue a secondary education in international relations, one that she hopes to study in Washington, D.C. At the moment, Cristina speaks five languages but has a goal of reaching ten in the near future.
Lindsay McCanney is 17 years old and a senior at Wilson High School. She has been a student at Wilson since kindergarten. Her extracurricular activities include playing lacrosse for Wilson High School and Lancaster X-treme and playing field hockey for Wilson High School. After high school she will be attending Lehigh University where she intends to major in finance. She also will be playing on Lehigh's women’s lacrosse team.
Akshara Kumar, a senior at Wilson High School, has been a dancer and performer ever since the age of four. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and Bharatanatyam, an ancient form of Indian classical dance that consists of telling stories and descriptions about Hindu mythology through movements, poses, and hand gestures. She has been learning Bharatanatyam for nine years, and loves presenting her dance and culture at various venues, including temples, school events, and community functions.
Along with performing, Akshara enjoys spending time with her friends and family and is actively involved in her school and community. As the Vice-President of Wilson’s Key Club and a member of Student Government, she has participated in many fundraising and volunteering efforts both in and around Wilson. She also recently had the opportunity to represent Wilson at the Berks Outstanding Young Women’s Competition and received second runner-up and the Keystone Award. Her ultimate aspiration is to pursue her love of medicine by majoring in biochemistry in college and becoming a doctor.
Elyse McDevitt is a member of Wilson's 2013 senior class and is incredibly excited to speak at Wilson’s TEDxYouth program! She is an avid supporter of the arts, holding the positions of president for Wilson Theater Company and secretary for the WHS chorus. Elyse also participates in concert band, marching band, and select choir at Wilson. Because of her strong ties to theater and music, she was inspired to emulate her adoration for the arts in the Ted Talk she has prepared. Also, Elyse would like to thank her family for supporting her in everything she does, as well as her music, art, and theater instructors of the past and future for instilling a love of the arts that will last a lifetime!
Ethan Blumer is 17 years old and a senior at Wilson High School. He has been a student in the Wilson School District since kindergarten back in 2000. During high school he has really come to love his math and science classes, especially chemistry. In fact, after high school he hopes to major in chemical engineering at college.
When he's not at school, he can almost always be found doing something musical; whether it is playing his cello or practicing his drum set. He has been a member of the Reading Symphony Youth Orchestra for seven years, and a drummer in the Wilson High School for four years. He hopes to be able to continue his musical education in college too.
Alex Shapiro is a Junior at Hershey Highschool. She owns and runs her own photography company and spends most of her time photographing weddings, senior pictures, artistic photo-shoots, cancer patients or the occasional photo-campaign. She is driven by her passion for both the arts and people. She plans to continue using creativity as a tool for bettering her community through the rest of her high-school career and life.
Jasmine McGhee is a senior at Wilson High School and the president of Wilson High School Student Government. As president, she is committed to helping her school and community through volunteer service and fundraising. She is also the Student Representative for the Wilson School Board, where she informs the community of events at the high school.
When not participating in school activities, Jasmine enjoys reading, art, and music. She loves to find inspiration and knowledge in books, and considers writing as one of her strengths. This past summer, she spent two weeks in Italy, which further encouraged her love of travel and new experiences. She hopes to attend college at New York University and wants to find a career that will allow her to travel the world and experience many different cultures.
Jessica Feldman is a senior at Wilson High School, and has been attending Wilson since Kindergarten! As you’ll be able to tell from her TedxYouth Talk, she is very involved in the Wilson Theater Company, and has been elected WTC Treasurer for the third consecutive year. Outside of Theater Company, she is a Student Government Representative for the eighth year in a row, and has also studied violin and piano for nine and ten years respectively. Post-secondary education, she is hoping to minor in music and American Sign Language with a major in biology, with an ultimate goal of becoming a Genetic Counselor. She would like to thank her parents, friends and advisors for putting up with her insane schedule, as well as for helping her get through the toughest of times and being there to share in the best!