Michael Vergien has been teaching in Texas for nine years. He believes in fostering a passion for learning in every student. Vergien sees grades in school as a reward and punishment system that hampers risk taking, questioning, and growth within students. His talk will address how grades affect education.
A Coppell High School senior, Mubin Punjwani is a student athlete in the International Baccalaureate program and on the Coppell Cross Country team. He is passionate about behavioral psychology and has been pondering a complex question: Why do humans organize themselves the way they do? His talk will primarily focus on Money as an object in society and will be a rumination of the question "What if money were no object?". Can a society exist without money?
A senior at Coppell High School, Srikar Pamidi has always been interested in science and literature. He's been an active part of the local science fiction community and an avid book reader. As such, he began to notice a few trends being formed. At the same time, he became acquainted with works of the philosopher, Roland Barthes, from whom he will be analyzing the current literary trends to see what they reveal about our society's concep-tion of the future.
A current junior at Coppell High School, Sneha is an officer of Coppell's BPA team and an active member of the speech team. Through ex-perience in the classroom and forensics, Sneha has developed an interest in America's education system. She observed how her peers' backgrounds affected their performance in school and sought to understand the premise behind this behavior. Her talk will be about the need for considering an applicant's background in the college admissions process.
A senior at Coppell High School, Clint Blackwell is an active member of the CHS Band, Ultimate Frisbee Team, and the IB program. Concerned by how simple it is for people to lose sight of that which is important, he hopes to bring a different perspective for those who would like to take a close look.
A senior at Coppell High School, Rutvik is part of the marching band and participates in the Business professionals of America club. Since he was in middle school he has been interested in math and science, namely physics. He believes that physics is one of the most interesting sciences to study and that its applications can help drive us into the future and accomplish feats we never thought were possible. His talk will focus on intergalactic travel, namely the barriers to it and how to overcome those barriers.
A senior at CHS, Adhitya was an officer of the debate club and has been a member of the team for the last 3 years. He also plays ultimate fris-bee for CHS and enjoys playing soccer. His talk is based off his expanding knowledge base that debate has provided him with. The exclusion of certain views of history in the current educational system is an important issue and that will be the center of the talk.