Hannah Thukral is a Senior at Shaker High School. She is an avid reader and writer, whose favorite books include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Lincoln in the Bardo. She can almost always be found in the Writing Center, where she helps other writers express themselves. She is the co-president of the English Council and hopes she embodies its ideals of fostering a love of English in her community.
Hannah Wang is the founder and lead organizer of TEDxShakerHS. She enjoys the arts and loves working within her community, and is passionate about UNICEF. She hopes to provide some insight into things she learned from volunteering at Pyrun House, Troy Art Center, and creating her own art summer camp, titled “Picasso Jr.”
Kayla Na is a junior here at Shaker. She’s been apart of the Empire State Youth Orchestra program for the past 5 years, a member of her school’s Speech and Debate team for two years, and is the co-founder of the current TEDxShaker club. She enjoys listening to music and reading psychology articles music online.
Makayla Barnes is a senior at Shaker High School, and a big fan of literature, art, and writing. She did ballet for twelve years and hopes to continue after high school. She is an intersectional feminist, with a primary focus on wealth and class-based oppression across the spectrum. She hopes to impart on to all of you a better understanding of the complex history of the feminist movement, how we as individuals in the modern era can be productive and well-rounded activists.
Marie Miller is a junior here at Shaker. She is an artist, a runner, and a traveler, and she is passionate about Women’s Empowerment and Human Rights. She is excited to be here, and she hopes you gain a little something from tonight. Here is Marie with “On Finding Magic.”
Varun Mondaiyka is a Junior at Shaker High School. He is a storyteller who has performed in prestigious stages like the Clearwater Festival, Old Songs festival and ‘Proctors Theater’. He was interviewed by the ‘Times Union’ for bringing about cultural understanding through storytelling. Varun coaches at Children at the Well, an interfaith youth story circle. In addition, Varun has an avid interest in engineering and is part of Robotics, as well as volunteering at MiSci and multiple camps to foster the interest of STEM in others. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Buddy, and curling up with a good book.