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Theme: The Student Experience

This event occurred on
January 27, 2018
1:00pm - 3:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
San Diego, California
United States

The student experience is unique and diverse. The beauty of the student experience is that no two people have the same one. Through this TEDx event, we hope to teach students valuable life lessons and open them up to different ideas that can contribute to their student experience.

Mt. Carmel High School
9550 Carmel Mountain Rd
San Diego, California, 92129
United States
Event type:
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Avrey Larson

Avrey Larson currently attends Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, California. She is passionate about getting her generation involved in STEM and is working hard to make changes in her community and beyond. Over the summer, she did a 7-week summer immersion program at Warner Brother’s Studios where she learned about video game development and web design. She was accepted to the San Diego Youth Space Program in the fall of 2017 for a project being sent to the International Space Station. She was accepted into the National Math Lab and is the captain of her robotics team. In addition, Avrey has been working with WeSecure Robotics to bring the first autonomous security robot to market. She is licensed by Coderz to teach the coding software and utilize their materials. In addition to science, technology, engineering, and math, Avrey loves english and art. She won the regional Patriot’s Pen writing competition and has enrolled in many amazing art classes.

Carson Alfonzo

Carson is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School

Chris Hamilton

Educator, Entreprenuer
Christopher Hamilton’s first business venture took shape in the 8th grade, when a phone call to Jake Burton Carpenter resulted in his becoming one of the first—and one of the most successful—Burton Snowboard dealers in the Midwest. After receiving degrees from DePauw University and UCLA, Chris taught English at UCLA for more than seven years. Later on in life, he served as the founding Editorial Director of a food-and-wine magazine, but missing the wit and energy of the classroom, he became a partner in an international test prep company called Elite Educational Institute. Although he still retains ownership in Elite, Chris has gone on to found additional companies, including Hamilton College Consulting, working with students applying to selective colleges. In the past decade Chris has helped more than 150 students earn perfect SAT or ACT scores, and has assisted thousands with admission to their dream colleges.

Kate Delos Santos

Kate is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School

Lindsey Shepard

Lindsey is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School

Marcel Samba

Marcel is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School

Omar Fox

Student, MC Alumni
Omar Fox is a freshman at Palomar College. Having just graduated, he wasted no time in finding things to keep him busy. Wanting to pursue both theatre and writing, he is heavily involved in Palomar's performing arts center while also being very active in writing club. Omar has been writing his whole life, or at least as long as he can remember knowing what a pencil was. Writing is way to express for him non verbally, but he hopes when one reads his work, they can hear his voice through his words. He has been passionately perusing writing since his sophomore year here at MCHS. Last year, he took to the pen and paper with The Race To Equality which was a one act written by him that got selected to be read on stage in front of the student body. He is very grateful to have attended Mt. Carmel because he feels that it gave him that correct foundation to build his success.

Susan Randle

Susan Randle has been an English and AVID high school teacher since 2009. She spent her formative teaching years at San Diego High School, and has only recently been back to her alma maters since 2014. Her favorite superhero skill is controlled chaos, which is put to the test daily by her beautiful two sons, Ethan and Ryan, and loving husband, Eric. Randle’s devotion to the world of teaching started at a young age when she wrote each year she wanted to be a teacher in her “About Me” assignments. It was further evident when all of her imaginary friends were students, including some who had the same first name and needed to be identified by their last initial. It was Mr. Bob Pacilio’s Junior English class that clinched her fate when he described her as another student’s “pink-pened angel” after completing a peer revision and she knew she had finally had the confirmation that teaching high school was her calling. Randle is looking forward to a long and happy career at The Mount .

Organizing team


Poway, CA, United States
  • Allison Lehn
  • Elizabeth Alcantar
  • Ethan Helpling
    Team member
  • John Sedrak
  • Paige Madariaga
  • Sophia Gabriana