Granite Hills to host TEDx Talk


APPLE VALLEY — A limited number of Granite Hills High School students and public ticket buyers will be learn about realizing their potential and overcoming obstacles during a special campus event.

A TEDx Talk with the theme “To Be Or Not To Be” has been authorized by TED and organized by student Wallace Jordan. It will feature six speakers in a 2 1/2- to three-hour April event with a local emphasis and an academic background to it, Jordan said.

“I’m part of the National Honor Society at our school and we were looking for something new to do that hasn’t been done before and wasn’t cheesy,” Jordan said.

He said several teachers have shown TED Talks, which inspired him to research them. Jordan, 17, found that TEDx talks could be licensed by TED as independently organized events. He applied in September, was approved in December and started organizing the sanctioned event with adviser Seth Watts in January.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less, TED says in its online profile.

“TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages,” the profile reads. “Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

The sanctioned events have to follow the TED Talk format, with an audience restricted to 100 and the talks limited to 18 minutes each.

Jordan said the Granite Hills TEDx Talk will feature the multi-talented Andrew Thorn; Mark Hartley, the director of student leadership at California State University at San Bernardino; GHHS instructor Ryan Yoo; recent GHHS graduate Larry Junies, now a film student at CSU Fullerton, and GHHS senior Aliyah Arunasalam.

Apple Valley artist Anthony Martin will talk about overcoming challenges and exceeding personal limitations — he draws and paints by holding implements in his mouth because his arms experience multiple joint contractures and muscle weakness.

Tickets are available on campus to students for $12 each; $20 general admission tickets will be available at starting Thursday. Ticket sales will be used to pay the event’s production costs.

The TEDx Talk will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 10 in the Granite Hills High School Performing Arts Center, 22900 Esaws Ave. in Apple Valley.


By Gary Brodeur
Staff Writer for