Our TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 line up! On tap so far:
Matthew, 15, is a sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program at Land O Lakes High School. A formerly shy student, Matthew found his voice in art, and found that other young people were grateful for an opportunity to be heard, too. Matthew was a speaker at TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2011 and this provided another great opportunity for him to share his voice. Matthew enjoys spending time with his family, visiting theme parks, and acting. He hopes to one day work in the field of hospitality management, preferably at Disney World!
Tim Arnold is a University of Central Florida Marketing senior and self-described innovator and disrupter. Arnold made national headlines this past summer, after being punished by the University for developing a registration enhancement web service called “U Could Finish.” Later, UCF retroactively improved their website with features similar to the ones Arnold employed. Arnold is a former FIRST robotics team member, who credits the program for shaping him and building his tech interests, and inspire him to think innovatively.
Elizabeth Baker returns to TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012, and to her classical music roots. Ms. Baker has studied piano with Steinway Artist Dr. Luis Sanchez, Carolyn McGovern, Eileen Mattioli, Andrew McCardle, and currently studies with Jeff Donovick. Miss Baker has performed in master classes on classical guitar for Jason Vieaux and Dr. Stephen Robinson. She has also played her solo piano compositions in master class for Larry Groupe, who referred to her work as “Perfect.” comparing one of her compositions to the level of Debussy’sEngulfed Cathedral.
Davida A. Bowen was born and raised in Philly, and has been producing music ever since stepping into a basement studio in 1994. As a singer, she has performed on many stages throughout her hometown, in New York City and in Tampa, FL. She first launched the concept for StudiYo For Kids in 2008 as a music production class while working as an instructor for the Prodigy Cultural Arts Program in East Tampa. In 2011, she founded The StudiYo Inc., matching her passion for music with her love for children.
Carissa Caricato and Sarah Page call themselves the “Hoola Girls”, and their organization, Hoola for Happiness is dedicated to “Spreading Joy to the World, One Hoop at a Time, One Life at a Time.” Through their Tampa based non-profit, Page and Caricato take their hoops on the road and across the seas in a unique effort to bring people together in a joyful way that they’ll share with us at TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012.
Spencer Opal Levine was featured here in May, when he made headlines youngest student ever to win the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival in Hollywood, CA. He was nine at the time. Now at the ripe old age of 10, he’ll be joining us at TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 in December, to share a bit of his creative story with us. Spencer lives in Sarasota, Florida with his parents and younger sister, Claire. He is currently a member of Mrs. Cangero’s 4th grade class at The Pine View School for the Gifted.
Natasha Nascimento was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has lived in Florida for the last ten years. Her diverse life experience inspired her to find ways to serve others in need. She has found her voice and compassionate vision in Redefining Refuge, an organization dedicated to fighting for women and children who have been victims of human trafficking. Redefining Refuge has active participants spanning from Australia, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and across the United States .
Connor Wilson now a rising sixth grader, was not quite nine years old when he sat down to write his first book, A Giant Pencil. Today, Connor is the youngest traditionally published fiction writer in America – and one of our TEDxYouth@TampaBay 2012 presenters! Connor loves skateboarding, playing video games, and fishing, and he’s a devoted big brother to his little brother and sister, to whom he dedicated his first book. Connor lives in Southwest Florida with his family. When not busy being a regular kid, Connor is hard at work on his next book.
We’ll also have opportunities for shared creative experiences through art and music and conversation.