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This event occurred on
December 19, 2020
8:00am - 2:30pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
United States

Welcome to our 2020 TEDxYouth@Southlake!

An event planned and hosted by Carroll ISD Southlake Middle school and High School students.

Event Theme - SUCCESS

Watch us live on December 19th from 8 AM -

Virtual Event
Virtual Event
SOUTHLAKE, Texas, 76092-3725
United States
Event type:
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Aarya Tyagi

Aarya is a sophomore attending Carroll high school in Southlake, Texas. She’s looking to pursue a career in law, more specifically criminal law. She has a passion for learning and creating and enjoys being involved in activities that use those skills. Aarya is a trained teen attorney in the Metroport Teen Court, and discovered her passion for and skill in arguing from her father. The thrill of playing the devil's advocate and presenting an argument is what makes her enjoy being both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. She believes that having an understanding of the world is essential to success, and is speaking in this event to present a way of thinking about society and the world around us and our success.

Aditya Shetty

Aditya Shetty is an enthusiastic 8th grader at Dawson Middle School. He is an active member of the Student Council, a Dawson Wind Ensemble percussionist, National Junior Honor Society member, an active member of H.O.P.E. Squad, an avid debater, and enjoys public speaking. He is also a member of the Odyssey of the Mind winning team from Southlake and actively engages in his Boy Scouts troop. Aditya has always been influenced by the speakers who have shared phenomenal ideas and thoughts at the TED platform. They have been an inspiration and voice to millions of people across the globe and he has been curious about the experiences that have shaped influential people's lives. He believes that this is the perfect platform to express his views. This has challenged him to explore public speaking in the local community. The TedxYouth Southlake chapter has provided him with a platform to deliver his ideas in a public forum.

Akshath Annadi

Akshath is a 9th grader at Coppell High School. He was born in New York, moved to Portland, and moved again to Texas, where he has been for the past 10 years. He enjoys reading comics, learning Spanish, talking about arbitrary space topics, writing fiction, listening to music and podcasts, and playing video games. Something you might not know is that he is surprisingly good at trivia, in part to the fact that he can pull up any random fact that he's heard. When he steps into adulthood, he hopes to become a graphic designer/visual effects artist or a director.

Anishka Chokshi

Anishka is an 8th grader at Carroll Middle School. Ever since she was a child, Anishka loved to talk and express her thoughts to anyone willing to hear. She’s won several speech competitions on the NSDA circuit and participated in the National Speech and Debate Tournament. “I love to express and listen to opinions because I want people to appreciate diverse perspectives,” Anishka said. Along with speech, she is also a lead vocalist in the “School of Rock Band”.

Dhruv Kilaru

Dhruv Kilaru is a thirteen-year-old in the year 2020 and will be explaining how to find success through loss. This may seem like a daunting task, but if he was able to do it, all of you can definitely do it with just a little help. Dhruv couldn’t do it on his own. No, he needed help from his friends, his teachers, his coaches, and his family. So hopefully Dhruv can help you achieve this feeling of success that humans value so much, especially if you have ever been through a loss. And being honest, everyone has, whether it be losing a toy train, or not being able to afford a second meal, a loss is something that will always intrude on human lives. But just because it’s always there doesn’t mean that no one can persevere through it.

Grace Jose

Grace Jose was born in Bedford, Texas on October 15, 2007. From a young age, Grace has shown an affinity for all things Star Wars related, as well as other sci-fi and superhero culture. Her curiosity has translated to an interest in live theater, which she has been involved in since the age of seven. Additionally, she has participated in tennis, gymnastics, soccer, and Indian cultural dance. She regularly studies the piano and dabbles in Minecraft when her active lifestyle permits. Despite her busy schedule, Grace finds time to take care of her dog Amu and four baby red-eared slider turtles. Recently, she has begun training in martial arts with her siblings. As a student at Southlake Carroll Middle School, Grace welcomes any opportunity to better herself and contribute to others.

Harpreet Walia

Harpreet Walia is a junior attending Fairfield High School. His idea of success is to become a great engineer, not for fame, but for the ideas he can make. He has a love for debate and has a keen liking for public speaking. His favorite pastime is playing cards. His ideology for success is that he has to understand what his success is and how to get there in order to succeed for himself to truly succeed.

Megha Annadi

Megha Annadi is a 7th grader at Coppell Middle School East. She loves to dance and to bake. Megha enjoys reading, hanging out with friends, listening to music, and playing the flute. She was born in Portland Oregon and moved to Texas when was 2 years old. Megha is very passionate about being the best and getting good grades. She loves animals and when she grows up she wants to be a veterinarian. She has always been very determined and resilient.

Neha Gogineni

Neha Gogineni was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to Dallas, Texas when she was in 7th grade. She is a sophomore at Carroll High School and her favorite subject at school is math. She wants to be a software engineer when she grows up and to be the founder of her own company. She loves basketball and sports in general. Her other habbies include coding, singing , and watching football. Lastly, she loves to spend time with her family . Today, she is going to share with you how optimism can lead to success.

Raghavi Danduboyina

Raghavi is a junior attending Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. She wants to pursue a career in business, more specifically in the management sector. She has a passion for public speaking and teaching and loves to be involved in activities that include these aspects. Raghavi is a certified Toastmaster and discovered her interest in public speaking in the 6th grade. Her favorite pastime/hobby is reading. The discovery of new knowledge and the ability to experience and learn more from reading is what makes Raghavi enjoy it so much. She believes that having an understanding of oneself is essential to attain and measure one’s success and is speaking in this event to help others discover and understand this themselves.

Rahul Guhan

Rahul was born in California and spent most of his life there till he moved to Texas in 9th grade. Rahul graduated Carroll Senior High this past May and is now a freshman at Indiana University(IU). He is majoring in Economic Consulting with the career goal of a social entrepreneur. Rahul is pursuing those interests by working at a startup as the CEO and being an associate at a marketing consulting firm at IU. Rahul’s favorite hobby is Bollywood Dancing; he has been doing this since second grade. He loves Bollywood Dance so much that he decided to start a Bollywood Dance Club at Carroll High in 10th grade. Rahul strongly believes that everyone has the potential to be successful and that you do not need to have the highest grades or attend the most prestigious college to do so. His speech will reflect that belief.

Rathi Venkatesan

Rathi is a freshman at Carroll Junior High School in Southlake, Texas. She loves public speaking and playing golf. Rathi has been public speaking since 5th grade. The ability to be heard and talk to so many people at once is what builds her passion for speaking. Rathi believes that in order for someone to become successful, they have to build their own path to success and not be hindered by society’s standards or “needs.”

Saaketh Chennaigari

Saaketh is a senior attending Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas. He has a passion for debate and is a nationally ranked debater. He is also a captain of the CSHS debate and has been debating since 7th grade. Saaketh is fascinated with technology due to its transformative nature and in his free time, he enjoys computer programming and reading up on current events. In the future, he strives to pursue a career at the confluence of business and technology to push the boundaries of what we view as possible. Saaketh believes in focusing on the small things in life, a focus that he thinks is lacking in society. He strives to spread this perspective through this event.

Sahasra Kandukuri

Sahasra is a 14-year-old student at Carroll High School. She was born in and is still being raised in Dallas, Texas. She enjoys watching mystery, adventure, or action movies, listening to music or podcasts (Unsolicited Advice and Potterless are her favorites), reading mystery/thriller books, and trying out new things. She has played the piano for 8 years, participating in many solo festivals and several recitals. She has participated in school plays (backstage). Sahasra has been nominated for Education in Action's Lonestar Leadership camp twice. She has also received state recognition from DukeTIP for her score on the ACT. She has absolutely no idea what she wants to be when she grows up and appreciates not being asked that question. Sahasra likes to believe she has the superpower of knowing what will happen next in a story. Unfortunately, this power manifested after she watched The Sixth Sense, so no, she did not predict the ending of that one.

Samhith Dharani

Samhith is a sophomore attending Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. He wants to pursue a career in computer science at Rice University. He loves to participate in debate and is deeply interested in reading philosophy. He enjoys reading specifically critical literature that gives different perspectives on the world. He often plays football with his friends and likes to be active physically. Most importantly he believes confidence in oneself is key to chasing dreams and building a successful future.

Sidhi Devireddy

8th Grader at Carroll ISD TEDxYouth@Southlake Speaker
Sidhi is an 8th grader in Carroll middle school, Southlake, Texas. She was born in Arlington, Texas, and moved to Southlake, five years ago. She enjoys reading, drawing, and baking. She doesn’t know what she wants to be in the future however, she does know that whatever she chooses to be, she wants to enjoy the journey towards getting there. She is a H.O.P.E squad member and loves helping others. She has also participated in the Southlake Toastmasters club.

Sindhu Guntur

Sindhu is a 9th grade student at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas. She wants to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically biomedical engineering, but understands that hobbies are vital to have a happy, healthy life. She has a great passion for the fine arts, especially choir, theatre, and playing piano. She has been doing choir and piano for five years and theatre for four years. She knows that, as the lead in Shrek the Musical and receiving first chair at the choir All Region competition, hard work is crucial to be successful. Sindhu also enjoys Indian classical singing and dance and has been pursuing those for six years now. She loves making jokes and having a good time with everyone because making people happy is something she takes pride in. Sindhu wants people to realize that, just because she’s a kid, it doesn’t mean that she can’t teach people about life.

Siri Bireddy

Siri Bireddy is a sixth-grader attending Durham Intermediate School in Southlake TX. She wants to pursue a career in medicine, more specifically, she wants to become a neurosurgeon. She has a passion for public speaking. Siri found her interest in first grade through a few speech competitions. Siri's favorite hobbies are public speaking, classical music, and art.

Siri Gangireddy

Siri is an 8th-grade student who currently attends Carroll Middle School in Southlake. Since life is short but valuable, Siri wants to live her life by three rules. Number one is that she tries to explore her options to the fullest extent. Using this rule, Siri has found many hobbies such as playing tennis, reading fantasy books, listening to music, biking, swimming, and playing percussion. Number two is that when she has fun, she also needs to deal with the responsibility. She has experienced this first hand as an owner of a 2-year-old goldendoodle since the dog was 2 months old. Number three is that no matter how hard something seems, try to do it multiple times before giving up. Siri has done this before by building a robot in robotics. Siri doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up but she knows that the career will incorporate one of her passions and make her happy.

Sofia Tangirala

TEDxYouth@Southlake Speaker
Sofia is a 15 year old student in Carroll High School. She was born in Silvis, Illinois and moved to the DFW Metroplex in 2018. She loves to watch mystery shows and comedies and listens to pop, and rock music. She volunteers at the Tarrant County Teen Court as a defense attorney and dreams of being a lawyer when she heads to college because she wants to help people learn from their mistakes and get a second chance to redeem themselves. She also volunteers as a tutor to middle school children from disadvantaged immigrant families through a non-profit organisation. She has a thirst for learning new things and always likes to jump into new experiences with an open mind. She believes in advocating for universal justice, community activism and to always fight hatred with kindness.

Suryamukhi Venigalla

Surya is a sophomore attending Carroll High School in Southlake Texas. She was born in San Antonio, Texas and moved to Southlake in 2018. One of her hobbies is reading books as she sees books are a great way to learn and change perspective. She has always been an active child so playing sports, especially soccer, is one of her favorite things to do. Her other hobbies include watching movies, making crafts, and lastly creative writing to express herself. She wants to pursue her dream of becoming a lawyer and help many people in the world. Then later she wants to become CEO of her own successful company, as she has always been very ambitious since she was a child.

Tanvi Padala

Tanvi Padala is a sophomore at Greenhill School in Addison, Texas. She wants to become a doctor, preferably a surgeon. Tanvi has a passion for tech and medicine. She regularly teaches summer camps relating to technology. Some of her other passions include debate and video production. Tanvi is speaking at this event in the hopes of helping people by sharing the insight of a kid, which is often overlooked.

Organizing team

S. Devireddy

SOUTHLAKE, TX, United States


Southlake, TX, United States
  • Akshath Annadi
  • Dhruv Kilaru
  • Sahasra Kandukuri
  • Shirish Tangirala
  • Sidhi Devireddy
  • Sindhu Guntur
  • Suryamukhi Venigalla
  • Tanisha Yadav