NHS seniors Insiya Aziz and Maria Duster will be hosting two Tiger Talk events this year, one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester.
“Tiger Talks is modeled after TED Talks, which are educational talks about various issues affecting our world given by various people around the world,” Maria explained. “We decided to model it after them because we are really inspired by TED Talks and we know that the student body and the faculty have issues or passions that they want to discuss.”
AP Environmental Science teacher Jamie Biel hopes that this event will allow students to share their ideas with the community and make a difference.
“The goal of Tiger Talks is to encourage students who are passionate about a particular topic to share that with the student body,” Biel said.
Duster wants the event to have a safe atmosphere that encourages conversation.
“We want to promote healthy discourse over the issues affecting our community and our world,” she said. “It’s a really awesome way for our community to come together and share ideas. Hopefully it will encourage some positive discussions.”
There will be many speakers on the day of the event, of who will cover a variety of topics.
“What’s going to happen is we are going to have 10 to 12 speakers, they can be students, faculty members, or community members,” Duster said. “They are going to come and speak about various issues they are passionate about. We have people considering talks on deforestation, green architecture, and adoption. These are just a few examples.”
Auditions to speak will be held in November and are open to all.
“The requirements for the audition are to have a draft of a speech over a relevant and school-appropriate topic,” Duster said.
The first event is going to take place on December 3, 2015 and tickets will be just three dollars each.
“All the money will be going towards the rainwater collection system that our school has made,” Maria said. “It’s a good cause.”
Not only does this event support our APES class in making our school more environmentally friendly, but it also gives student opportunities to communicate issues and hopefully gain support in solving them.
“If students are passionate about issues that affect the community, recognize issues that need to be solved, and realize the benefit of communication over the problem, they can potentially get people together and come up with a solution,” Biel said.
Written by Jules Peterson