Jun 6, 2020

Seniors Present Virtual TED-Ed Student Talks

Seniors Present Virtual TED-Ed Student Talks

 

In the style of the world-renowned TED Talks, the majority of the senior class of Mount Paran Christian School created their own brief TED-Ed Club Student Talks presentations as a mandatory capstone project for Senior English. The talks were the brain-child of high school English teachers Emily Wynn and Greta Zefo. 

Though much was required of students during the preparation phase, the key objective was to present an idea worth spreading, using story to engage the audience. Ms. Wynn and Ms. Zefo narrowed the 98 submissions down to seven finalists, judging the submissions for their creativity and originality, thoughtful design, and effective communication. 

Finalists:

  • Maddie Beckett: Becoming Ripple-Effect People

  • Anthony Edwards: Creating Happiness

  • Will Fink: The Value of Breaking Things

  • Anton Oswald: Wrestling a Catholic Monk

  • Anaston Ragsdale: Laughing as Medicine

  • Emmy Roberts: Overcoming Perfectionism

  • Luke Spinetto: Relearning to See the Colors of Life Through a Video Game

MPCS faculty and staff viewed the videos and voted to select the top three most engaging and illuminating presentations to feature on the school's Vimeo account. The Best in Show talks selected were First Place Luke Spinetto, Second Place Emmy Roberts, and Third Place Anton Oswald. Mr. Spinetto’s first-place winning video cited his personal mental health battles and how the video game GRIS was a visual representation for understanding depression. 

Project co-lead Greta Zefo says, “The beauty of this project is that it allows students to explore any area of interest or passion, so it is absolutely interdisciplinary in core concept. Students must be or become masters of their content, explain their credentials, and cover a vast array of topics such as religion, politics and law, sports, physical and mental health, travel/study abroad, self-improvement, dance, theatre, music, education, and social issues/benevolence.” Students learned the art of speech writing, as well as employed storytelling and persuasive language techniques.

This was the inaugural year for the TED-Ed Club Student Talks, an interdisciplinary capstone project for MPCS seniors. While the vision was to create a large-scale, week-long community event for students to present their talks in front of a live audience, the mandated move to distance learning resulted in at-home video presentations. The hope is to expand the event next year to host a public viewing of live talks. 

Watch the top three talks below from our winners.

MPCS TED-Ed Club Third Place Winner - Anton Oswald
MPCS TED-Ed Club Second Place winner - Emmy Roberts
MPCS TED-Ed Club First Place Winner - Luke Spinetto

Announcements

July 12 - Lower School New Family Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

July 14 - Lower School New Family Game Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Play Day, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 14 - Preschool/TK New Family Play Day, 6:30-7:15 p.m.

Sewell Cottage

July 26-27 - High School Parking Assignments

July 30 - Senior Spots Painting Day

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 1 - PMI UP, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

New Student Orientation, Grades 10-12
Murray Innovation Center, Graham Commons

August 5 - K-Day, Lower School 101, Middle School 101, High School 101

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 5 - High School Social, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Dozier Circle

August 8 - Preschool/TK Meet and Greet, 1:00 p.m.

August 9 - Back-2-School Night, 3:30-6:30 p.m.

August 11 - First Day of School, 7:50 a.m.

August 15 - Preschool/TK and Lower School Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m.

August 16-17 - Picture Day

August 16 - High School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 18 - Middle School Parent Orientation, 6:00 p.m.

August 19 - Middle School Spiritual Emphasis House Day

August 22-23 - Lower School CoGAT Testing

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29-September 1 - MAP Growth Testing

Lower and Middle School Students

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 29 - Ask the Experts, 6:00 p.m.

Visit with college representatives

August 30 - Picture Make-up Day

September 5 - Labor Day Holiday, No School

September 6/7-9 - High School Retreat

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 22-23 - Parent-Teacher Conference Days, Grades PK-8

Students in grades PK-8 do not attend classes. High school students DO attend classes.

September 26-27 - Fall Break, No School

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