Watch the Talks!
Scroll down and click on the red text in each Speaker’s bio below!
Thanks to Emerie Lukas Photography & Design for the event photos, and The New Media Incubator at Wright State University for the videos of our talks!
EMCEES, SPEAKERS, & PERFORMER
EMCEE: Madi Caskey
Madi is a 9th grade student at the Dayton Regional STEM school. She has made a name for herself on the internet and has attended podcast interviews, collaborations and events for large audiences and countless artistic projects. She is an aspiring artist, writer and speaker and hopes her commitments to extracurricular activities like this will lead her to a very successful career or college.
EMCEE: Liam McCarty
Liam enjoys spending time with others, as well as playing sports and video games. He attends Oakwood High School and has lived there his entire life.
SPEAKER: Anya Broyles
Anya’s Talk: The Thing About Lawns
Anya is a high school student from Dayton, Ohio. She is the president of her school’s gardening club, which means gardening and plants are a big part of her day-today life. If she’s not taking care of her plants, she is cuddling with her cat with her nose in a book.
SPEAKER: Ande Burns
Ande’s Talk: The Effect of Sexualized Media (*Mature subject matter)
Ande is a sophomore at the Miami Valley School and has lived in Ohio for the past nine years. When she’s not taking part in various clubs or extracurricular activities, (or studying) she’s usually either teaching an art class to elementary students in downtown Dayton, hanging out with her friends and family, or nerding out over Disney movies with anyone who will listen.
SPEAKER: Dana Clark
Dana’s Talk: Ending Period Poverty
Dana loves cats and baking. She also cheers and runs track. She has a great love of public speaking. She was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio and loves the Dayton community. She especially loves how everyone manages to come together in times of need.
SPEAKER: Catherine Embury
Catherine’s Talk: Finding Love in a Circuit
Catherine is an 18-year-old sophomore at Wright State University, currently studying Electrical Engineering. However, she hopes to someday study Aerospace Engineering and explore the final frontier by building satellites. When she’s not soldering or studying, she can be found in a practice room, singing or playing her baritone horn, or writing poetry.
SPEAKER: Sydney Hardern
Sydney’s Talk: The Good in Gossip
Sydney is a high school senior who has lived in Dayton her whole life. She’s passionate about field hockey as well as speech and debate. She’s planning to attend college upon graduation and wants to major in philosophy.
SPEAKER: Alivia Hartpence
Alivia’s Talk: You’re More Than Your GPA
Alivia is a junior at the Dayton Regional STEM School and is sixteen years old. Outside of school, she enjoys writing, scrolling through social media, and talking to anyone and everyone she can. In the future, Alivia hopes to pursue a career as a broadcast journalist or a clinical psychologist.
SPEAKER: Katelyn Jutras
Katelyn’s Talk: Who Am I Now?
Katelyn is a freshman at the University of Dayton. She is currently studying international business. She greatly enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places and new cultures.
SPEAKER: Max Kaplan
Max’s Talk: Productivity & How Not to Burn Out
Max is a freelance filmmaker born from the creativity of the Dayton arts community. He now travels the US making narrative shorts, documentaries, features, and music videos, and will be attending Ohio State in the fall. His work has won over 30 awards and official selections at film festivals internationally. When he’s not making films, he’s most likely reading a book, napping, or taking a shower.
SPEAKER: Sophia Lewis
Sophia’s Talk: Acceptance Can Be the Key
Sophia is a young activist in the LGBT+ community, attempting to bring acceptance into her community wherever possible. She is the president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance at Fairborn High School, where she attends as a sophomore. Her other passion is Olympicstyle fencing, which she has been doing competitively for 7 years.
SPEAKER: Ryann Mescher
Ryann’s Talk: Ending Period Poverty
Ryann is a creative with a passion for photography. She doesn’t see limits— only opportunities to be a part of creating change for her community. When she isn’t advocating for social change, you can find her on the court playing basketball, on the sidelines cheering or running for her school’s track team, and being her school’s mascot. Ryann hopes to pursue a career in Psychology with a focus on trauma and Veterans.
SPEAKER: Savannah Stucky
Savannah’s Talk: It Only Takes One
Savannah is a marine science enthusiast who was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Dayton at age 10. She is a junior at Bellbrook High School and hopes to attend college to pursue a degree in environmental science. She enjoys reading mystery books and writing short stories. When she isn’t reading or writing, you can find her outside playing lacrosse or hanging out with her friends.
SPEAKER: Caterina Tian-Svobodny
Caterina’s Talk: Applying the Past
Caterina is a high school student with a name that approximately 7% of the population can pronounce. She has a love for all things except country music, and especially enjoys drinking overpriced kombucha. You can catch Cat on weekends cleaning her room like she’s in a 2000’s movie montage… just kidding (she doesn’t clean her room).
SPEAKER: Nola Timmins
Nola’s Talk: Finding Light in the Dark
Nola is a senior at The Miami Valley School. She was born in China and adopted at fifteen months old. She is an aerial performer and instructor. When she is not studying or doing aerial arts, Nola enjoys spending time with her dogs, reading, and doing art projects. She hopes to pursue a career in architecture and design.
PERFORMER: Miami Valley School Jazz Band
The MVS Jazz Band is the flagship band ensemble at The Miami Valley School. Serving as music ambassadors on campus and off, the group performs locally at The Greene, the Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz, and other special engagements. Arriving to school at 7:20am for class each day, the band is a diverse group of strongly committed musicians excited to share the Jazz medium with you.