TEDxGR Livestream a success in Greenville

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:34 am on Friday, May 10, 2013

About 200 students participated in the TEDxGR Livestream for Education event at Greenville High School on Thursday. As students arrived, they wrote their names on a cutout hand, along with positive words. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — Only four hours into the TEDxGR Livestream for Education program at Greenville High School had one student wanting to change the world.

“I’m very empowered,” said Greenville junior Neil Walldorff. “I feel I should get out there and take the world by storm.”

Walldorff described the TEDxGR Livestream for Education  as being “positive” and “motivating.”

Thursday was the first time Greenville Public Schools hosted the educational program for students in Montcalm county and surround areas.

TEDxGR Livestream for Education is a day full of presentations, performances and conversations held in Grand Rapids and shared free via livestream at selected schools.

After attending the event last year, Greenville High School students and staff have been working to bring this experience to other students in the area.

Greenville senior Rebecca Dakin was one of the students who attended last year’s program and volunteered not only Thursday for the event, but for the past year to help bring the program to Greenville.

“We left knowing Greenville was the place to host (the program) this year,” Dakin said. “Today has been exciting and kids are excited to be here.”

Greenville Public Schools Media Specialist Laura Pleune said about 200 students gathered at Greenville to participate in the event. Not only did they sit in on presentations and conversations presented via livestream, but took part in hands on activities with newly made friends.

“The students have been really engaged,” Pleune said. “It’s been wonderful.”

Rockford juniors Zoe Zeerip and Gabrielle Smith said this was their first TEDxGR event and want to attend more in the future.

Zeerip said after sitting on the first few presentations she was encouraged to make a change.

“I want to do more for our community,” she said.

Smith agreed and said the experience had made them meet new people not only from Greenville, but in Rockford as well.

“It’s fun,” she said. “I love meeting new people.”

Pleune said she would like to bring the experience back and host TEDxGR again in the future.

“We have enough (student) dedication to do it,” Pleune said.

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