Two new speakers have been added to the TEDxRedmond 2011 lineup!
Ellie Shaw Ungar
As fourteen-year-old Ellie Shaw Ungar would put it, “Sailing isn’t the kind of sport every kid signs up for in elementary school.” With challenges like high wind speeds and capsizing boats (not to mention the incredible amount of toughness required for the sport), competitive sailors have to be mentally and physically prepared. Ellie’s experience comes from several years of practice; she sails Laser and 29er for the Roval Vancouver Yacht Club and Seattle Yacht Club race teams. She has competed at the Optimist Dingy North American Championships in 2010 in Kingston, Ontario and in 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Ellie is competing in the Laser Radial in such competitions as the U.S. Nationals.
Don’t let the adorable smile or bowtie fool you–Ray Ushikubo is a formidable musician with an intimidating amount of experience. (His list of awards is probably taller than he is.) The ten-year-old began learning the piano at the age of 5 and the violin at 6. On April 2011, Ray was invited to the NPR radio program, From the Top, as the youngest Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist. In 2009, Ray was invited to perform at the pianist Lang Lang’s concert in the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in CA. In July of 2010, Ray won first place in the International Russian Music Piano Competition in San Jose. In addition, he was named the Most Promising Young Talent and rewarded with a performance at Carnegie Hall. Ray is the first student to be accepted into the prestigious Colburn Academy on two instruments–piano and violin. His current teachers are Mr. Ory Shihor (piano) and Mr. Robert Lipsett (violin). at the prestigious. Ray likes math, billiards, and wakeboarding.
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