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Cape Elizabeth High School first in state to pilot full-day TEDx event for students

On December 7, 2012, Cape Elizabeth High School will be the first public high school in the state of Maine to host a TEDxYouth event for its students. Fashioned on popular TED talk format, independently organized and licensed by the national TED organization, TEDxYouth@CEHS will feature diverse and inspirational short talks designed to be relevant to young people in Maine.

“This day-long program is designed to inspire our junior and senior classes and to expand their horizons as they look toward planning their lives beyond high school,” said Principal Jeff Shedd.

TEDxYouth@CEHS will be staged in the High School auditorium. Each talk will be in the neighborhood of ten to twelve minutes. TEDx events are centered around a theme. The TEDxYouth@CEHS event will focus on the district’s newly-approved Mission, Vision, and Values statement, (“Open Minds and Open Doors”), with speakers specifically focusing on the district’s guiding values (Community, Academics, Passion and Ethics).

Featured speakers include: Libby Hoffman, Founder of Catalyst for Peace; Alan Lishness, Chief Innovation Officer for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute; Emilia Dahlin, singer/songwriter/artist; Fritz Grobe, a circus performer and co-creator of the YouTube™-gone-viral video about experiments mixing Mentos™ and cola; and Zoe Weil, co-founder and president of the Institute for Humane Education (

Senior class president Chelsey Whynot, who has attended two TEDx events in Maine and been involved in organizing Cape Elizabeth High School’s event from the beginning, says that TEDx speakers have “opened my mind to the possibilities of what can happen when a person pursues a passion with hard work and dedication.” To her, the common thread that unites all TEDx speakers is that “they’re passionate about what they’re doing and inspire me to think about what I’m passionate about and how I can make a difference.”

TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Launched 28 years ago, the TED conferences hoped to merge ‘big thinkers’ from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design, although now the scope of the talks has expanded greatly. The TED Talks website is home to well over 1,000 talks.

last updated 11/14/2012