Aishwarya Balaji is a junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina where she is the president of the Women in Computer Science Club, and the Biology Club. To her, this year’s theme of ‘Breaking Barriers’ means being unique and not conforming to stereotypes. She believes that it is very important to inspire other girls and show them that STEM is a field that is all-inclusive. Her talk is on “STEMocracy” and what can be done to fix it from a student’s perspective.
AJ Guieb-Alimbuyuguen is a junior at Enloe who holds a passion for learning. She hopes to expand on this year’s topic by talking about how to break out of the boundaries that the AIG and GT system places on around students. She wishes to remind students that learning is limitless, and that persevering through struggle should be admired rather than looked down upon. AJ is a first generation Asian-American whose parents originate from the Philippines. Living all of her life in Raleigh, AJ understands the school system quite well and seeks for some changes to be made. In her free time AJ enjoys painting, drawing, writing, creating Spotify playlists, practicing the violin, and playing video games. She cannot wait to present her talk to the Enloe community!
JP Neri is a current junior at Enloe. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, JP moved to the United States at a young age and has been trying to find a balance between both cultures ever since. JP enjoys cooking and watching TV in his spare time, and is an active member of the Band, Student Council, and Football Team. His talk, “Mexican Without Borders”, will focus on his journey to discover that it is ok to not fit into just one culture, and will also focus on his refusal to be boxed into stereotypes and expectations.
Justin S. Bull is a junior at Enloe from Lodi, New Jersey. He will be speaking about how to use your brain by essentially giving “an owner’s manual to your head” in a world where we barely use it correctly. Justin will talk about how to act in situations where you feel the only option is to lash out or do something stupid. He hopes that his speech will get people to think deeper about their actions and who they are. His hobbies are making music, photography, thinking, and chopping wood.
Kundana Golla is a junior at Enloe from Cary, North Carolina. She enjoys playing badminton and has competed in several competitions, such as the FZ Forza Open; she also enjoys watching movies and listening to music. Her speech topic is about her Dad and how he was able to break the barriers of poverty and stigma, through understanding what it means to be with one’s self.
Kyra Grimes is currently a stressed out junior at Enloe High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. She will be speaking about the vitality of music. Her speech aims to show the potential music has to unite and how it's fundamental nature can create entirely new things.
Mirelle Mah’moud is a junior at Enloe High School from Raleigh. In her speech, she will discuss the effects of a student’s overall happiness in school, and aims to teach students how to cultivate joy in school despite possible setbacks.
Neha Jonnalagedda is a sophomore who will be giving a speech on the importance of diversity in the media. With her speech, she hopes to convey the importance of including diversity in the media and shed light on the monumental impact that its inclusion can create. She wants to recognize the immense progress that society has made in the incorporation of diversity, but also encourage people to continue to advocate for representation.
Nicholas Cummings is a junior at Enloe and comes from Raleigh, North Carolina. One of his favorite things in the world is music, specifically Hip-Hop. In his speech he will be diving into Hip-Hop culture and analyzing why it is the way it is. He hopes that he will be able to provide a new perspective and provoke thought about our relationship as fans with our favorite artists.
Reagan Razon is a junior at Enloe from Morrisville, North Carolina. A lifelong dancer, Reagan will be speaking about her experience of being a dancer, while also being into mathematics. Reagan’s speech will call for the integration of mathematics into dance, and she hopes that she will move the audience to consider the two in a different light.
Sonia Birla is a junior originally from New York, then Connecticut, till she moved to North Carolina in first grade. She is involved in the National Honor Society and Graphic Design Club at Enloe. Outside of school, she volunteers with DOC NC and various other organizations. She is speaking about the importance of telling stories and the many benefits we receive from just listening to what other people have to say.