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Theme: The Possibilities, Reality, and Opportunities

This event occurred on
February 22, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Midlothian, VA
United States

It is crazy how life is made up of a series of decisions and choices that appear with opportunities. Our lives are continuously affected by event after event that ultimately culminates into each person’s unique existence on Earth.

TEDxYouth@JamesRiverRoad plans to explore this deeper with our third TEDxYouth event. Speakers from different fields and life experiences will provide the opportunity to share their stories with the attending audience in TEDx Talks that will emphasize the possibilities, the reality, and the opportunities.

Join in our conversation as we delve into what’s possible, what’s real, and what’s open to us.

James River High School
3700 James River Road
Midlothian, VA, 23113
United States
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Augustin Joseph

Originally from Floral Park, New York, Augustin Joseph is now a student at Virginia Commonwealth University and currently lives in Richmond, Virginia. He is majoring in Physics and minoring in Chemistry, Mathematical Science, and Religious Studies while on a Pre- Medicine track and plans on attending medical school in the Fall of 2014. Outside of his schoolwork, Augustin holds a leadership role as President of Alternative Spring Break at VCU, a program where VCU students heads to various sites around the country to volunteer over their spring break. He also holds the Fundraising Chair of ∆EM Pre-Health Fraternity. His favorite pastimes include reading and playing tennis.

Christine Stoddard

Born in Northern Virginia but a Virginia Commonwealth University graduate, Christine Stoddard earned degrees in Film, English, and Product Innovation. Her minors included Spanish, French, and European Studies. In 2011 Christine was one of Style magazine’s (based in Richmond, VA) “Top 40 People Under 40”. Currently, she resides in Richmond and is the Editor and Writer for her magazine, Quail Bell. Her hobbies include reading, visiting museums, and watching movies.

Kristen Rebelo

Kristen Rebelo was also born in Northern Virginia and also attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she received a BFA in Communication Arts from VCU’s School of the Arts. She minored in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. Currently, she lives in Richmond and is the Art Director and Designer for Quail Bell Magazine. Outside of work, Kristen likes to read, make tiny books, and watch documentaries.

Sue Davies

Sue Davies is the Vice President of Strategy, Innovation, and Marketing for MeadWestvaco’s Home and Garden business based at MWV’s global headquarters in Richmond, VA. She is responsible for the development and deployment of the global Home and Garden strategy in addition to leading the marketing and innovation functions for the business. Originally from the United Kingdom, Sue is a Commerce (Honors) graduate from Birmingham University in the UK. After university, Sue obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management. She is married to Steve Davies and has three teenage children. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering with her church, property renovation, photography, and kayaking.

Connie Bolte

Constance Bolte was born in Alexandria, Virginia, but has spent most of her life in Richmond, Virginia. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned a B.S. in Biology and a Master’s degree in Teaching. Connie has been teaching science for eight years, six of those at James River High School where she teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science, is the Director of Sustainability, sponsors the school’s Recycling Club and coaches the ENVIROTHON academic team. For the past 10 years she has traveled to several corners of the world including, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, Brazil, Indonesia, and a collection of visits to Europe. Married to a Dutch man, she, her husband and son travel annually to visit family in The Netherlands. Her hobbies include learning new languages (Dutch, French, and Portuguese), playing soccer, and participating in outdoor sports (snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, running).

Heather Artinian

Originally from Glen Cove, New York, Heather Artinian was born deaf into a deaf and hearing family. In 2000, an Academy Award nominated documentary released about family and focuses on the issue of getting cochlear implants or not. In the documentary, Heather ends up getting cochlear implants to help her hear. Now, she is a junior at Georgetown University majoring in Government with a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. She is the founder of Girls for Change, an organization at Georgetown that empowers the female youth in Washington DC by building leadership and business skills. She also is on the Georgetown Scholarship Program Student Board as a Community Service Co-Chair and is in the George F. Baker Scholar program, a program that gives a business education to those studying liberal arts. Outside of her studies, Heather works as a Georgetown Intramurals referee and plays as a Georgetown Club Basketball Travel Team member-- one of her favorite things to do.

Ben Caracciolo

Ben is a junior at James River High School. He enjoys painting, rowing for the school’s crew team, his favorite color is yellow, and he loves spaghetti. Ben’s upbeat attitude is what matters the most to him. His future plans includes travelling and graduating from college.

Belle Cifu

Belle is a junior in the Center for the Leadership and International Relations at James River High School. She is a vegan because she believes in the value of animal life and the necessity for humans to live in sustainable harmony within the environment. She is also very concerned about the environment itself, especially the effects that humans have on it. She has learned a lot about sea turtles at Topsail Island's Sea Turtle Camp, over the summer of 2013, and learned a lot about the importance of marine ecosystems. Her hobbies include reading, playing marimba, hiking, and spending time with her family. She has loved owning a menagerie of cool pets-- like a bearded dragon, rats, a rabbit, a snake, and cats. She enjoys traveling and has visited Ireland, England, Italy, Austria, Canada, and my family in Germany. However, her favorite place in the whole world is Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California, because it's extremely beautiful and peaceful.

Happy The Artist

Happy the Artist is a public icon of unmatched personal joy, individuality and happiness. His lush grand scale hand-painted murals wash the room in sensation and speak to you visually, emotionally and intuitively. Happy says, “I see the walls of a room as the pages of a book. When you finish a mural, it should tell your story.” Many have been amused and entertained by the “Happee Mobile” and the “Happy Attire” that people associate with Happy the Artist; however underneath the “Happy Persona” is a serious artist. He is known for his brilliant and creative ideas as well as his artistic genius.

Organizing team


Midlothian, VA, United States
  • Julie Cao