Students are thought leaders at TEDxNashville

Sharing the stage with the Commissioner of Education, CEOs, and professors from Harvard, MTSU, and Vanderbilt? Yeah, that's pretty good for a high schooler. Thought leaders from Cane Ridge High School (and elsewhere) are coming to TPAC this Saturday for TEDxNashville, and it will be... well... thought-provoking.

Cane Ridge seniors Johnathan Crutchfield and DeShaun Clarke will give a talk together. From The Tennessean:

Crutchfield and Clarke’s shared poetic speech, “One of Us,” will reflect personal experience and hope for a better future. Clarke will focus on the influence of poverty, while Crutchfield will focus on maturing in order to care for loved ones. They have been friends since last year when they met at a school’s spoken word event.

TEDxNashville's Saturday event is sold out, but you can find the full schedule of speakers on the official website. It's worth checking out, as there are some heavy hitters speaking before and after Johnathan and DeShaun.

Tickets are still available for TEDxNashvilleEd, which is an intersession TEDx program featuring only Metro Schools students. We've partnered with TEDxNashville to show off Academies of Nashville Student Success, highlighting high school students who have worked innovative thoughts, ideas, and programs to make their schools and communities better.

Throughout the semester, students attended public speaking and student leadership workshops led by the Academies of Nashville staff. Students then had the opportunity to compete in an audition for one of the 12 speaker slots. Each student was paired with an adult mentor to help refine his/her performance, and the big day is this Thursday, March 20. It starts at 9:00 a.m. at the TPAC. Admission is free, so come on down!

TEDxNashvilleEd Event