Ariana N. Haji is a junior at Juanita High School. She’s passionate about working towards international issues that face our world today and hopes to get youth involved in becoming initiators of change within their communities as the future generation. She’s helped to lead numerous Model United Nations conferences for youth in the Vancouver and Seattle area. Along with her peers, she’s founded Junior Model United Nations, a conference for middle schoolers with the goal of fostering a love for diplomacy in the delegates. She will be the Co-Chief of Staff of the inaugural conference to be held this fall. Ariana is also particularly interested in creating solutions using technology to help others become self-sufficient in order to eliminate poverty. Her interest earned her a finalist position at this year’s Ericsson’s Global Girls who Innovate Competition. She’s ecstatic to present at this year’s TEDxYouth@Redmond and looks forward to the conversation that will stem from it.
Ronit is a social entrepreneur, social-change advocate, and, above all, a believer in the power of the individual to effect change. Ever since stumbling upon the world of entrepreneurship, he has been fascinated by the applications science and technology–and, more broadly, the research process–can have in developing innovative solutions to complex issues in the social sector. He is the founder and executive director of SproutingIndia, a social-impact organization which uses trees as a novel medium to not only combat air pollution but also to provide assistance to financially struggling farmers in rural India. Since its inception, the organization has impacted numerous local farmers in Chaksu, Rajasthan through its planting efforts. Inspired by his diverse experiences with outreach, Ronit founded and is a content creator for Voices on Social Issues, a blog platform focused on social issues with a global perspective. The platform not only features the work and stories of youth social advocates and community change-makers but also provides a common forum for them to engage in conversations on some of the most pressing issues facing our world today. In the future, he hopes to continue to reach out to youth especially and cultivate their unique position as advocates in their communities. A rising sophomore at Interlake High School, in his free time Ronit loves to travel and take walks in nature.
Kelly is a graduate of Redmond High School and a junior at UC Berkeley studying Environmental Engineering Science. She has extensive experience in environmental research, advocacy, and organizing efforts. Kelly is a researcher for Power for All, a global advocacy organization dedicated to advancing the potential of off-grid renewables to bring universal electrification to the developing world. Her advocacy work includes advocating for rooftop solar policies in California with the California Public Interest Research Group, as well as advising the Berkeley City Council on renewable energy policy as an Energy Commissioner. Additionally, she is the President of her school’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and serves on the staff of the Northern California Resilience Network, a network of grassroots organizations working to advance local, grassroots solutions to mitigate climate change and build community resilience. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, hiking, backpacking, and biking (including with Cycle for Science!)
Evan Luthra has the rare and coveted ability to turn original ideas into businesses that are both innovative and proﬁtable. At 22 years-old, he has an already impressive resume and career history. He started his journey as a serial entrepreneur as an adolescent and was bitten by the “digital bug” early and often. This forward thinking, technology-minded entrepreneur embarked on his ﬁrst digital endeavor at just twelve years-old by curating technology-related news, and he garnered a notable quarter of a million readers in doing so. He then began developing mobile apps at the advent of mobile app popularity. Always on the cusp and leading edge of new trends and innovations, he has become a true innovator and recognized name in the world of startups. He has started various technology companies and at one time, managed products used by millions of people.
Surabhi Mundada is a rising freshman at Stanford University. Surabhi has done science research since childhood and she fell in love with the field after seeing its broad and positive impacts. She especially loves engineering research and wants to use engineering to solve medical problems and help the global community. In tenth grade, after seeing someone she knew struggle with hand tremors, she developed a glove called MyGlove to assist involuntary hand movements, grip, and tremors. MyGlove’s results inspired her to further continue and she developed a wearable system called MyHealth to detect, monitor, and control Parkinson’s disease symptoms. She hopes to make even more health-monitoring devices in the future. This research journey has also given Surabhi the opportunity to attend different science events such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) and National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium (JSHS). She was also invited to attend the White House Frontiers Conference co-hosted by former President Obama, as well as was named a 2016 Davidson Fellow and Coca-Cola Scholar. Along with engineering research, Surabhi loves to encourage kids. After experiencing fewer girls in STEM classes, she especially wants to help girls pursue their passions like engineering. Surabhi has been able to help girls through leading a computer science club at her high school. She has also led many community outreach events through her robotics team to encourage kids in STEM. Plus, Surabhi likes playing the piano and enjoys choreographing, teaching, and performing multiple styles of dance.
Helena Ong, 17, is a senior at Bellevue High School. She has always loved to read and write persuasive works, which evolved into her passion of public speaking, debating, and also leadership. As the president of both the Speech and Debate and Mock Trial clubs at her school, she has won numerous regional and state awards, and has entered circuits on the national level. As an avid advocate for bringing about change, Helena is one of the student leaders on the American Immigration Forum which works closely with Bellevue and Seattle city councils to encourage the voices of immigrants to be more represented in local legislation. In her free time, you can find Helena playing the cello or piano or winning a rambunctious game of Monopoly with her family.
Emily Savage is a rising senior at Redmond High School and a freshman at Bellevue College through the Running Start program. Her lifelong passion for language and speaking led her to be an editor of Redmond High’s newspaper, The Blaze. She has also actively competed in her school’s Speech and Debate team for two years, in which she qualified for the state tournament; she plans on taking on a greater leadership role in the club during her final year in high school. Emily has also participated in her school’s cross country team for two years. Her many life experiences have shaped her into a proud mental health advocate and she hopes that her speech will spark discussion as well as introspection in those who hear it.
Tyler Zangaglia is a senior at Eastlake High School in Sammamish and is the Founder and Director of The Hope Festival, a 501c3 non-profit organization which he began at the age of 16. The Hope Festival provides nearly 1,500 in-need individuals annually with free food, clothing, hygiene items, books, haircuts and massages. An offshoot of the Hope Festival is Hope in Motion, a year-round, youth-led movement implementing change through service in communities locally and globally. Some Hope in Motion projects include participating in King County’s Adopt-a-Road, partnering with the Literary Crusade and creating the Doughnuts for Hope program. He has always had a passion for helping others, strongly believes in giving back to the community, and has been recognized for his achievements and leadership as the recipient of awards such as Lake Washington Council PTSA’s Community Service Award, Washington State PTA’s Outstanding Advocate Award, and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Redmond/Sammamish Youth of the Year. Besides Tyler’s non-profit work, he keeps busy with Eastlake’s ASB leadership, holds a position with a variety of local community service organizations (Rotary, Kiwanis, Kids Without Borders) and works as a supervisor at Krispy Kreme.
In 2016, Patrick Liu founded Redmond High School’s Dance Club for students who have a passion for dancing but who might not have had the opportunity or courage to pursue that interest publicly. Within a year, the club has become an accepting community where learning and experimentation are supported and encouraged. The performers at TEDxYouth@Redmond will include Patrick Liu (President, rising senior), Martin Shi (Vice President, rising junior), and Rohin Meduri (Secretary/Treasurer, rising senior).
Charlotte Marckx, 15-year-old violinist, was the winner of the 2017 MTNA Junior National String Competition. She has been featured in Strings Magazine, on NPR’s From the Top (both on national radio and at their annual gala in Boston), and KING FM’s Northwest Focus Live. A multi-genre violinist, she has recorded with Time for Three and Pink Martini, and performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Charlotte was a finalist at the 2015 International Johansen Competition in DC, and won the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival and the 2017 Bainbridge Symphony Concerto Competition. She was the grand-prize winner of KING FM’s Young Artists Awards, and featured in a Seattle Chamber Music Society Recital. Charlotte has soloed with Seattle Philharmonia Northwest, Bainbridge Symphony, Seattle Festival, and the Kirkland Civic Orchestra. This fall, Charlotte will be a featured soloist with the Seattle Symphony. Charlotte began violin with Jan Coleman. She currently studies with Simon James in Seattle and with Paul Kantor at the Aspen Music Festival, and works with piano collaborators Hiro David and Dr. Li-Tan Hsu. She loves to perform with her sister Olivia in their duo Sempre Sisters. Charlotte is honored to receive support through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and the Dorothy Richard Starling Foundation.
Jonathan Kuntz is a Senior at Sammamish High School. A proud Seattleite, Jonathan has studied cello for 8 years, first under the tutelage of Ji Youn, and now with Olga Ruvinov. He has attended Marrowstone Music Festival in 2014 and 2015, as well as Meadowmount School of Music in 2016. Previously he studied piano and music history with Donald Stewart, which contributed to an early love for musical contexts. Besides playing cello in the Seattle Youth Symphony, Jonathan is an amateur 2nd violinist in the Sammamish High School orchestra, and is a founding member of the Public Schools Music Initiative, a volunteer group dedicated to teaching chamber music in middle schools. Jonathan’s interests consist of science fiction, film, and all things music, and in his Spotify, you will find anything from Jimi Hendrix to Lupe Fiasco, Macklemore to Gautier Capuçon, or even bands like Queen. In his free time, Jonathan loves busking, watching 80s films, and shooting stop motion in his basement. Read about Léo on our “About Us” page, featuring our dedicated committee members.
The Velvet Mornings are an original alternative pop band based out of Redmond, WA. The original quartet, made up of Joey Boone, Zach Grande, Reagan Wells, and Spencer Blome, have played at venues such as the Old Fire House, Lake Stevens’ Aquafest, and the Tractor Tavern. The band is currently all 16-17 and are all students at Redmond High School.