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Students make TEDx possible at Goose Lake
Northeast hosts event to be seen on YouTube
GOOSE LAKE - Extensive student involvement made possible the TEDx event this month at the Northeast High School's Fine Arts Auditorium.

Community members spent an afternoon among professional film crews and photographers as prominent TEDx speakers took center stage April 8.

Speakers imparted a positive message about changing perceptions on a range of topics, from the dangers of technology to how to make prisons beautiful spaces to help combat rampant rates of mental illness.

While the speakers spoke to a live audience in a private event, their messages were captured on video and will be uploaded to the TEDxYouTube channel for the public to see.

As audience members settled in on that Saturday morning, students were working frantically behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly.

"The technology it took to put this on was run almost exclusively by students," said event organizer Jenna Stevens. "All of the lighting and sound for the day were handled by freshman Bree Mangelsen and seventh-grader Chase Burken. The camera crew worked directly with these two students who did an outstanding job fielding their questions and helping set up."

Lights and sound were not the only tasks manned completely by students. They were also responsible for checking in audience members, seating them in the auditorium, serving the refreshments during intermission, and setting up and taking down the stage and lobby activities.

Stevens admitted that while she did more of the initial planning, the students were the ones running the show.

"This would not have been possible without a dedicated crew of TEDx committee members," she said. "Many of these students left other commitments early in order to help out, and I am grateful for all of their hard work."

Stevens hopes next year students can do more of the initial planning.

"It was difficult to bring students in during the early stages, because we spent so much time trying to figure out what had to be completed," she said. "Now that we have a list of tasks, it will be easier for students to engage in the planning."

Officials at Northeast hope to apply for a license to host another event in the spring of 2018.

The event this year featured nine speakers: Kyle Weber of ChemTreat; Clinton County Supervisor and former state Sen. Shawn Hamerlink; state Sen. Rita Hart; Northeast senior Kyle Dell; former CEO Nancy Kachel; Hy-Vee executive Willy Amos; Dr. Mark Ackermann, assistant dean of research at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine; and co-presenters Alice Topaloff, ISU Outreach and Extension Coordinator, and Julie Stevens, a landscape architecture professor at ISU.

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