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Kayla Na is a junior at Shaker High School. She’s been apart of the Empire State Youth Orchestra program for the past 5 years, a member of her school’s Speech and Debate team for two year, and is the co-founder of the current TEDxShaker club. She enjoys listening to music and reading psychology articles music online.

Kayla Na
Co-Organizer
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Hannah Wang is a junior at Shaker High School and is part of UNICEF Club, Speech and Debate, STEM Club, and Science Olympiad. She founded TEDxShaker with the goal of creating an annual TEDx conference to share perspectives of High School Students. She is smart, beautiful, nice, and most importantly, humble.

Hannah Wang
Lead Organizer
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Varun Mondaiyka is a junior at Shaker High School. He is a trained storyteller and has performed in prestigious events like The Clearwater Festival and The Old Songs Festival.He performs in various community places like retirement homes, churches, mosques, synagogues, and temples, and currently a coach at ‘Children at the Well’, training youth in the art of storytelling. For his continued involvement in community welfare he was interviewed in the Times Union. Varun is also a Boy Scout who enjoys giving back to the community. In his free time he passes time through robotics, reading and spending time with family and dog, Buddy.

Varun Mondaiyka
Executive Producer
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Chloe Opperman is a junior at Shaker High School. Interested in women’s issues, she is an active officer in Shaker’s Girls Take Charge Club. In addition, she volunteers at various locations for the promotion of women in the albany area. Chloe’s favorite author is Margaret Atwood, and her hobbies include painting and binge watching Netflix.

Chloe Opperman
Event Manager
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Anna Ryu is a sophomore at Shaker High School. She is a part of Counterpoint Strings, Shaker’s Girls Take Charge Club, and the school newspaper. She plays the oboe and is a part of the Empire State Youth Orchestra. In her spare time, she enjoys doing sudoku puzzles and taking naps.

Anna Ryu
Communications
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Tiffany Tang is a junior at Shaker High School. As the Sponsorship and Budgets Manager, she organizes fundraisers, and reaches out to local companies. She is also a part of Counterpoint Strings, and Science Olympiad. She plays the violin and enjoys listening to podcasts.

Tiffany Tang
Sponsorships
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Lakshmi Tumati is a senior at Shaker High School. She is a part of Shaker’s Student Government, Science Olympiad, and Robotics Club. She volunteers as an ENL (English as a Next Language) tutor and helps students who have recently moved here with homework and studying for tests. In her spare time, she enjoys writing in calligraphy, binge watching Youtube, and playing tennis. She likes to code and plans to pursue a computer science major in college.

Lakshmi Tumati
Co-Designer
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Brooke Romania is a senior at Shaker High School. She plans on continuing her education at University at Buffalo as a communications major next year. Her favorite color is purple.

Brooke Romania
Video and Production Lead
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Shantala Mehta is a senior at Shaker High School. She is part of many after school clubs but she always manages to make time for art and indian classical dance. She plans to pursue architecture in college. Her least favorite thing to do is share. She’s already said too much.

Shantala Mehta
Co-Designer
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John is a junior at Shaker High School. He likes to write code and work with others on cool projects. He is also a part of STEM Outreach a club designed to help encourage and teach the youth about science he finds interesting. He also has two internships, one at the Center for Medical Sciences, and a second at the Cancer Research Center. John is also really into film and cinematography.

John Yin
The Website Designer