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January 13. 2014 8:07PM

Love what you do

At TEDx event, Northwood School students learn: Love what you do


Musician Austin Pratt talks to an audience of mostly students at Northwood School as part of a TEDx event Monday night. (Benjamin Klein Photo)

NORTHWOOD — To help inspire and broaden the horizons of students at the Northwood School, English teacher Andrew Fersch hosted a TEDx event Monday night with multiple speakers ranging from young authors and musicians to educators.

“I hope that this helps the kid realize and figure out that there is a much bigger world out there,” Fersch said.

With about 60 people in attendance, Fersch said that TEDx is a national organization that looks to get people talking at a local level through presentations, speakers and videos.

“TED is Technology Education Design and has talks across the country. I got into this because I had a student won a contest TED put on and ended up getting a free trip to New Orleans. While I was there I spoke to some TED people about putting an event together, and they were very helpful,” Fersch said.

Many of the students in attendance said that they appreciated the message.

“They are sharing their passion and ideas with us. It’s important because we should get to know what other people think, and it’s important for kids to hear that to broaden their horizons,” said eighth-grader Nicole Carter.

Musician Austin Pratt was one of the speakers, and spoke at length about how despite being bullied and making mistakes when younger, he is a happier person because he is pursuing his dream.

“Do what you love, because you’re going to be doing it for a career. I am a musician, it’s going to be a tough journey, but I love it. I know you can do the same thing, just go do it,” Pratt told the audience before playing them a song.

Jessica Drench and 18-year-old Boston International Senior Cassania Gilson spoke about how Gilson recently became a published author.

“My message is that even though I emigrated from Haiti when I was 13 without being able to speak English, I am now a published author. You can accomplish anything if you work hard enough at it,” Gilson said.

bklein@newstote.com


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