2016 Presenters!

The task was to deliver a presentation that was both meaningful and rich.  Their theme, as is the theme of this TEDx event is, “A Catalyst for Change”.  170 students delivered presentations as part of the curriculum in their English course.  Of those, 10 were chosen through a combination of peer selection, performance quality and the teacher approval.  Hope you enjoy the evening.

Milan and Maddie

MC’s for the night: Milan Babra and Maddie Laidlaw

Hi, my name is Maddie Laidlaw. I am a Grade 11 student from International School Bangkok. I am from Breckenridge, Colorado, even though I’ve grown up all around the world. I have been at ISB for the past 3 years, and previously have lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Atyrau, Kazakhstan.

Hi my name is Milan Babra, and I am an eleventh grade student at the International School of Bangkok. I am currently in my second year at ISB. I was born in the united states, but have lived overseas for most of my life, in Kenya, India, and now here in Thailand.


Bjorn Pattaphol HANSEN

Title: Why Offense is Important

Bjørn Hansen talks about preserving the sincerity of our voices in an increasingly censored and sensitive society. After all, our voices are something that should be equally appreciated and internalized, whether they are those of dissent or agreement.

Bjørn Hansen (17) is a Thai-Danish student at the International School of Bangkok. Having been raised in a rural Thai environment, his experience crossing across different cultural systems allows him to offer unique and fresh perspective on the world we live in.

Chantae Park

Chantae Park

Title: A Third Culture Kid’s Hometown

In an international school, we are surrounded by many students who identify themselves as third culture kids. As being a Third Culture Kid myself, finding my hometown was not an easy job. Having lived in multiple countries such as Korea, Russia, USA, and Thailand, switching home was the norm, and finding one special one was difficult. In this TED Talk, I come to a realisation to where my hometown was and forever will be.

Christopher Rogers

Christopher Rogers

Title: Words Fall Short

“When it comes to describing abstract ideas, words never truly capture what we mean. This often leaves humankind tongue-tied when faced with love, awe, and other immaterial concepts, despite how these are in fact some of the most central ideas of being human. However, just like philosophy takes precedence over logic when it comes to these topics, art communicates them far better than words.”
“Chris Rogers is a junior at the International School of Bangkok. He is an aspiring concept artist and writer interested in philosophy and theology. He has lived in many countries in South East Asia and the Middle East.”


Devi De Olivera

Title: Let’s Rage about the Wage
Looking at our modern, forward thinking world, we have made many accomplishments in the social issues but one still looms before us: The Gender Based Wage gap. We are further than we should be from closing this gap in our so called progressive societies, and this has to be changed. An analysis of where the gender based wage gap originates from and how we can work to shift our society to better equalise wages will be used with reference to different modern day examples.

Devi de Oliveira is a junior at the International School of Bangkok. She has lived in the United States, India and Thailand. She has had a passion for sports since a young age, and looks to continue playing soccer in her future. She has strong beliefs about social justice and equality and hopes to share those with you.


Hantz Hessouh

Hantz Heesouh

Title: The Importance of Mother Tongue

The Importance Of Your Mother Tongue:  My Ted talk is about the importance of keeping your native language focusing mostly on International Students. Overall I want the audience to understand that this is an important topic and will talk about why it is relevant as well as sharing some of the negative impacts losing your native language can have on an individual.

Biography: Hantz is 17 years old and a junior at the International School of Bangkok. He is Canadian-African and lived in Quebec, Canada for 10 years before moving to Ghana followed by Thailand. His first language is French and he started learning English upon his arrival in Ghana. He enjoys participating in activities such as basketball and track and field, as well as helping out with play productions. His Ted Talk focuses on the importance of your mother tongue and the effect losing it can have on you and the people around you.


Izzy Armitage

Izzy Armitage

Title: Thinking Inside of a Box

In our modern day society, education is looked at as a mechanism for achieving academic success, rather than learning. My Tedx Talk addresses the disadvantages of our modern day education system, and the misconceptions we have regarding our intelligence, our learning, and our achievements. Why do we strive to push ourselves past our academic limits? Why have our definitions of the words “smart” and “intelligent” shifted to hold all power on grades and GPA? What can we, and modern school systems, do to improve this? One of the objectives of this oration is to help us all realize that our academic achievements in numbers do not define our ability to be smart, as there are so many different types of intelligence, in which all of us possess.


Miranda Onofre

Miranda Onofre

Title: The Power of Bullying

There are many stories out in the world about bullying. This is mine. My Talk with be about the different types of bullying there is, the types that I have faced, a background of my bullying and how I have faced it along with the power of how bullying has had over me.

My name is Miranda. I am Mexican American. I was born in England and was there for five years and then moved to San Antonio Texas when I was about 5 or 6. I moved from Texas to Bangkok Thailand. I have now been in Thailand for 6 years. I have very low self esteem but I am still working on it! I am a very positive person and I beat to my own drum, so I am told by my parents.


Natasha Hardegen

Title: Mental Illness: The brain can get sick.  
I am a new student to ISB with goals to spread awareness of Mental health issues and discuss their stereotypes. I am 17 years old and junior. I am half American and Thai but have lived and travelled all my life from the U.S, Europe, Islands and now Asia. This is my first time sharing my story amongst a large community and hope to spread the truth, strong emotions and love. I tackle the deep concerns I have based around mental health, it’s facts and the events I have dealt and deal with on a daily basis in order to show the media and society that this is not something to be afraid of or discriminate about. Stay strong and enjoy.

Samantha March

Sammy March

Title: Why We Write Bad

Communication has reached an all time high, but has something been lost in the myriad of slang and text-chat used today? In this TED Talk, the effect communication through texting has had on the ability of teens and those alike to read and write proficiently will be explored.

Sammie March is a junior and cheese enthusiast at the International School Bangkok. When she is not running (from her problems), she enjoys correcting people’s grammar, reading about grammar, daydreaming about grammar, and evidently writing TED Talks about grammar. She’s doing good by giving this talk, but you’d have to ask her if she’s doing well.

Victoria Tarrega

Victoria Tarrega

Title: More Than Just One Word

In today’s society we categorize each other based a single aspect of a person’s life. My ted talk revolves around the idea that there is more to a person than just what society and their peers categorize them as. I am trying to raise awareness towards how we describe each other and how it affects our capabilities. The misuse of adjectives towards people can be very harmful.

Hi, my name Vikki Tarrega. I am 16 years old and I moved to the International School of Bangkok three years ago when I was going into 8th grade. I was born in New York and lived there majority of my life. I participate in various activities through out the school including maharaj boys home, varsity soccer, varsity touch and after school dance. My guilty pleasure is dark chocolate.


2015 Presenters

The presenters are all 11 grade students.  The task was to deliver a presentation that was both meaningful and rich.  Their theme, as is the theme of this TEDx event is a Catalyst for Change.  170 students delivered presentations.  Of those, 9 were chosen through a combination of peer selection, performance quality and the teacher team. Ida and Dan       Hosts:  Ida Borjegren and Dan Borenstein  

The Presenters are: SarahSarah Lim –  Rape: The misuse of the word rape by our society has not only trivialized its meaning, but has also contributed to the creation of rape culture. Our words are powerful and a symbol of freedom – it is our responsibility to use it for goodness and not to destroy others.–Sarah





Kun WooKun-Woo Song – How to Make Your Own Personal Army through Facebook (Effectiveness of Propaganda on Social Medias): We see propaganda in posters, history books, or even in advertisements. But with the introduction of social media, something we use everyday, propaganda is now in social media as well. Through this TED talk I will explain how and why propaganda is effective in social media.



Becky BradleyAre we ‘Ableists’?: The objective of my FOA was to show how the language we use creates and reinforces our mental images and shapes meaning.  Furthermore, my objective was to make the audience think about the language we use and how it affects others. Ultimately, I wanted the audience to leave the presentation knowing how to properly address people with disabilities and be more aware of language.



DonatusMarcel DonatusGap Year: My presentation is on the merits of taking a gap year. In my presentation, I advocated for a mandatory gap year for every high school student and I also cleared common misconceptions people have on the gap year. I talked about how taking a gap year let students discover their passion and avoid being indecisive as they go to college. Since this is my junior year and graduation is just right around the corner, I thought that this topic would be appropriate to address


Jazz Jazz BurrThe Sad Side of Social Media:  In our current culture, it’s not socially acceptable to admit that you’re not doing great, that life isn’t going so well. This is largely due to the constant flood of positive language on social media that masks people’s true problems. You will barely ever see someone post a depressing status, but the stream of statuses along the lines of “Just landed in [insert exotic location]” or “Enjoying drinks with friends” just never ends. The language used in social media has contributed to society requiring us to be “perfect” all the time.

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Sofia MeisburgerThe Power of Public Speaking: 3 out of 4 individuals experience some degree of anxiety when verbally speaking to an audience; in contrast, very few people undergo discomfort through written speech. Where does this originate from? Is it nurture or nature that has brought about this seemingly innate phobia? It is acutely apparent through examples of Emma Watson, Martin Luther King Jr., Aristotle and Adolf Hitler. Spoken word is one of, if not the most important skill a person can develop. If the claim that fear of public speaking is due to a shared societal viewpoint and negligence of the emphasis of speech in an individual’s upbringing, the implementation of a mandatory course in rhetoric would change this fear dramatically. Normalizing something as vital and as powerful as public speaking from an early age through schooling has the potential to change the voice of our generation and generations to come like never before.

RigelRigel BlattIntroversion: My TEDx Talk is about how introversion affects the way people communicate and how introverts shouldn’t have to be in an environment where they feel pressured into expressing their ideas or feelings through clear verbal articulation.





Marsha Marsha NiemeijerDefault: Very briefly, My TED Talk is about the lack of diversity (mostly focusing on racial diversity) in young adult literature and why it is important to have diversity in influential books aimed towards young adults.

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2014 Presenters

The presenters are all 11 grade students.  The task was to deliver a presentation that was both meaningful and rich.  Their theme, as is the theme of this TEDx event is a Catalyst for Change.  170 students delivered presentations.  Of those, 9 were chosen through a combination of peer selection, performance quality and the teacher team.

The presenters are:

(Val) Tananivit – Silence in a  Media World

My TED talk explores the declining role of silence in modern society: its roots and consequences. Everyday, our psyche faces a constant bombardment of beliefs, thoughts, ideas and opinions from the media. This barrage of ideas (which belong to other people) can quickly drown out any sense of individuality we might have.  Taking a step back and embracing silence is perhaps the only way to keep our identity intact.



Tanat (Mac) Rojanapiensatith – Censoring Comedy

In this talk, Mac challenges the censorship of words in comedy and argues that it is something that should not be done. He explains the negative impacts that comedy censorship has on both comedians as well as their audiences.




Ryan Jones – Put It Down – Disconnect to Reconnect

The media and technology are all around us. From what goes on our mobile phones to the Facebook posts and articles we read today, technology is changing the way we think and perceive the world. Through my “Ted Talk” I intend to show this alternative reality of technology that we are choosing to live in, instead of using technology for the purpose it was created for. Our choices today don’t help us face real world problems; instead we unintentionally create global unawareness. This results in a society more misguided than the technology we represent.


Katie Kim – Deliberate Manipulation Through Language

This ted talk will be on techniques used by the media to deliberately manipulate and persuade potential customers. This speech will specifically focus on deliberate manipulation through language in advertisements. Three rhetorical devices used by the media frequently will be introduced to highlight this technique. The three rhetorical devices discussed will be euphemism, jargon, and inflated.


Eefa Shehzad – I am Not a Terrorist

This Talk is about how Middle Easterners are portrayed in Western Media. They are almost always represented by negative stereotypes in movies, television shows, and video games. The media’s use of these predominately negative images encourages prejudice feelings towards Middle Easterners and Muslims outside the Middle East. As members of an international community, we should help put an end to the discrimination and stereotyping done by Western media.


Kitipapa (Ciel) Sriprasert – Stop Catcalling Girls

My TED talk tackles the idea of misogynistic language, but in the form of onomatopoeias. This includes sounds such as (but not limited to) whistling, hooting, hollering. This is otherwise known as cat calling, and wolf whistling. The concept is to show that language does not only constitute words, but also sounds and actions. And maybe, it is more so taboo than actual language recognized by the English dictionary.



Kimberly Remijan – How Much do we Really Know about Gaming?

In this talk, I have the audience recognize the negative stereotype that many people have towards gaming and gamers themselves, and encourage them to reject this stereotype by being open minded to what games can offer and what their effects will be.”




Samual McPherson – Our Moral Decline as Caused by the Media

In modern TV shows there is a disturbing amount of profanity. We are constantly bombarded with foul language from those around us. And our language isn’t the only thing that’s suffering from the decaying morality in the media; our perceptions of modesty and beauty are slowly worsening as well. From the use of vulgar language to our image of beauty the media has gradually altered its standards concerning what is and appropriate, and as a consequence, society’s ideals are lowered as well.


Cole Whiteley – Structure

A speech about the spreading of ideas.


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2013 Presenters

The presenters are all 11 grade students.  The task was to deliver a presentation that was both meaningful and rich.  Their theme, as is the theme of this TEDx event is a Catalyst for Change.  170 students delivered presentations.  Of those, 9 were chosen through a combination of peer selection, performance quality and the teacher team.

The presenters are:

Benya Kraus

Benya is a Thai-American Junior at the International School of Bangkok, has moved from Bangkok to Geneva to Hanoi to New Jersey and back to Bangkok in the last 17 years, leaving houses, cultures, and schools behind.  However, one thing that has always travelled with her is her thirst to inspire and to be inspired.  Benya’s passions range from theatre to sports to global issues to filmmaking, but what unites all these vastly different interests is her overall aspiration to leave this world making a difference.  Whether it be through inspiring a whole nation, or thousands of movie seers, or just one single person, she hopes to contribute to this world a sprit of hope, compassion, and peace.


Leeann Schudel

Leeann is 16 years old and currently a junior at the International School of Bangkok. She is a third culture child who is Half American – Half Korean and has lived her whole life in Thailand. She enjoys volleyball, basketball, softball and tap dancing. She is the president of the Shining Hope club, which focuses on giving aid to the less fortunate in Nairobi. In school, her favorite subjects are English and Journalism, in which she is the Editor of the Sports Section for the school magazine. She hopes to one day major in Broadcast Journalism and become an anchor at ESPN. Since a young age, Leeann has been very aware of body image and beauty but has only recently explored why. She hopes to spread knowledge about the unfortunate effects of false advertising.


Jean Uchupalanun

Jean is a Thai junior who has lived in Thailand for most of her life. She is enthusiastic about music and would often spend her free time playing the cello or piano. She is also passionate about teaching young kids, as they are the future adults who will shape the world. Therefore Jean spends a lot of time with elementary students. In the past 16 years, Jean has seen the rapid spread of technology in the Thai society. Jean’s TED talk focuses on the idea of how technology has affected people’s relationships, not only with each other, but also with themselves. She hopes to tweak the perception that people have of technology and encourage face-to-face interactions.


Emma Ortega

Emma is of Spanish descent, but has lived in Thailand for the past five years. Emma likes to sit in her room and read, especially books by Milan Kundera. She also likes to drink a lot coffee and tea. Emma likes to go to the pre- school to assist the teacher, and help teach during her free period. She also co-instructs two dance classes for kids. All her work with kids contributes to her goal of becoming a child psychiatrist when she is older.




Xaivier Del Rosario

Xavier is currently a 16 year old junior at the International School of Bangkok. He is Filipino, but since he has moved through five different South East Asian countries, he feels that he has a very culturally diverse background. His main interests are sports, especially basketball. He loves to play, watch, and follow basketball all the time He doesn’t know what he wants his future career to be yet, but he definitely wants something where he will feel fulfilled after everyday. English is one of hi favorite  classes because I am able to express myself in an array of techniques, for example, this TED talk.


Hinako Murai

Hinako is only in her second year at ISB.  Before coming to Thailand, Hinako studied at a large public school in her native country Japan.  She likes how she can meet students from many countries at ISB. Japanese people believe green tea is very beneficial and keeps drinking even now from a long time ago. She has been a green tea drinker since she was in elementary school and has been taught that green tea includes a lot of great healthy benefits. Her goal for this talk is to convince people to drink more green tea and to sell green tea in the cafeteria so more people will have more opportunities to drink green tea.


Christopher Chhouk

Christopher is an avid volunteer in community service and he envisions a society where people learn to accept each other. Throughout his life, Chris has lived in two different environments; the United States and Thailand. Both have given him different experiences about acceptance and understanding for different cultures. Being an American of Asian descent, he hopes to see that in the future, people will refer to each other as fellow citizens instead of being referenced by ethnicity. Chris’s TED talk focuses on solving the growing issues of extremism in certain countries by offering the solution of creating a truly multicultural society.



Brandon Friedman

Brandon is an international student that has attended ISB for 10 years. Before moving to Thailand, he lived in Bangladesh and Nepal. He enjoys participating in activities such as Taekwondo and Boy Scouts. His favorite area of study is biology and he hopes that, one day, he will be able to become a physician. Brandon has been exposed to the issue of human trafficking for the past 5 years and is now very intent on spreading the knowledge that he has learned and making sure that everyone starts what they can to bring an end to this nightmarish problem.



Anuka King

Anuka is a compassionate American student who is also an accomplished dancer in Bharathanatyam – Indian classical dance.  It is the dance that exposed her to the various emotions of a human through its mythological stories. Her trips to India exposed Anuka to people who have great potential but whose circumstances did not give them an opportunity to rise above.  Anuka wants these people especially in rural areas of developing nations to have the same empowerment that she is fortunate to receive. Recently, she has been raising funds for charity through her dance performances, however she feels that a more vigorous approach is needed.  In her talk, she raises the importance of rural empowerment via examples and how it gives a country the ability to develop its villagers as self–driven problem-solvers. Anuka feels that this issue is especially relevant to schools, where students themselves are learning to be empowered and can do a lot to help.


Mutiara Windraskinasih

Mutiara is an international student in Bangkok. She is sixteen years old and
originally comes from Indonesia. She and her parents also lived in Geneva for four years. She
has been staying in Bangkok for the last two years and planning to graduate from International School Bangkok. Her hobbies include singing and listening to music. She wants to go to law school to practice law someday. Mutiara’s Ted Talk is sending a message to prevent bullying among teenagers.


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