Student leader, sustainability advocate and aspiring robotics engineer
Alexander Usher is a senior at Classical Academy High School and is passionate about sustainability, robotics, learning, art and fencing. He is the Co-founder and Captain of an internationally competitive robotics team and the Founder and President of the TEDed club at Classical Academy High School. Alex is the organizer of TEDxClassicalAcademyHS and is grateful for all the speakers that have joined him in sharing their voices with the community and igniting deep conversations that can help us rethink tomorrow together!
Musician, student leader and aspiring teacher
Annelise Jackson is a senior at Classical Academy High School and a member of the student leadership team. She has enjoyed performing in musicals and playing piano since she was 7 years old. She is passionate about serving others and hopes to become an elementary school teacher after graduating from a 4-year university.
Amateur Philosopher, Musician, Student
Caleb Schanzenbach is a musician, writer, sketcher, knitter and so much more! He enjoys playing video games, especially the Legend of Zelda, and plays the piano, guitar, drums, ukulele, bass, recorder and a few other instruments. He has been in eleven theatrical productions including ten musicals and one play and has also written a book. Caleb believes that we all create our own reality. If we think life is bad, it is. If we think life is good, it is! Therefore, if we shift our perspective or change our attitude, we can change our world. So be positive and change the world!
CEO, Reveal Biosciences
Dr. Claire Weston earned her Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Cambridge University in the U.K. and is the Founder and CEO of Reveal Biosciences. She is an accomplished and dedicated scientific leader with a track record of success in cancer research and has led teams and projects focused on cancer biomarkers in both large pharmaceutical and start-up environments.
US History teacher
Derek Montgomery is a high school history teacher at Classical Academy High School. His life also includes family, mountains, music and canines. He believes our country appears to be divided in many ways and our politics over the past few years has bothered him. That concern led him to write this talk—The Politics of Personal Relationships: A Case for Radical Kindness—and he continues to hold out hope that we will reach for our better angels in the way we go about civic life.
Musician and environmental advocate
Grace Carrasco is a senior at Classical Academy High School and a Palomar College student. She is passionate about environmental issues, music and education. As a musician for twelve years, she has seen firsthand the benefits of music in education and hopes to spread this idea to others.
Non-profit leader, activist and student athlete
Lauren Chiang is a senior at Classical Academy High School and is passionate about the life sciences, tennis, origami, learning new things and helping others. Aside from her schoolwork, she founded and runs a 501c3 certified nonprofit organization called Unconfined the Project, dedicated to bridging the gap between art and activism. Her weeks are packed with volunteering, athletics, academics and other activities as she strives to reach her highest potential. Lauren is excited to give her talk and hopes everyone will enjoy it too!
Mathematician and programmer
Logan Brown is a freshman at High Tech High School and loves cats, programming and playing the piano. He also enjoys physics, encryption, AI neural nets and playing Kerbal Space Program.
Ecosystem advocate and outdoor enthusiast
Lola McFarlane is a sophomore at Classical Academy High School and also attends Palomar College. She has always had a passion for the environment and how living things connect to form a working ecosystem. She loves hiking and just about any other outdoor activity and hopes she can coherently share her passion with you!
Video Game Developer, Robotics Coach
Mike Brown is a Game Developer for Activision with more than 2 decades of experience working on the some of the biggest and best selling franchises of all time. Credits include Myst, Transformers, Destiny and Call of Duty among many others. In addition to this, he is an avid maker, robotics coach, and STEAM advocate.
Robot designer, maker and science enthusiast
Nicholas Usher is a sophomore at Classical Academy High School and is passionate about robotics, science, and inventing. He is the co-founder of a competitive robotics team and has been building robots with his teammates for the past six years. He is the lead mechanical engineer and designer for his robotics team and works extensively in C.A.D. (Computer Aided Design) to create and iterate upon designs throughout the season. He is also very passionate about a broad range of science topics and won the Grand Award in the physical sciences at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair with his project on the application of superconductors in transportation. During his spare time, he enjoys playing the piano, solving Rubik's cubes, and reading.
Raj Pabari is a social entrepreneur who believes every venture is an opportunity to serve a broader purpose. He’s a driven, inquisitive, outgoing self-starter with a passion for learning and inventing. Pabari finds unique solutions to real-world problems and has innovated in various fields including portable electricity generation, peer-to-peer tutoring, biotechnology, online education, and water leak detectors. His interests include robotics, policy debate, trivia, investment, and programming. When he’s not thinking about the next billion-dollar idea, you’ll find him hiking, caring for foster kittens, or laughing with friends.
Comedic Timing Expert, Student
Seth Peace is a sophomore at Classical Academy High School and is very excited to deliver his very own TEDx Talk! Be prepared to laugh while he tells you the science behind laughter! Besides comedy, he enjoys programming, reading and swimming. Forty-two is his favorite number and sixteen is his lucky number. That was really random, and if you get to know him, you’ll understand that “random” describes his personality quite well!