As a 4th grader, Tobin is the youngest speaker on our stage this year. An avid reader, a gaming and music enthusiast who loves to travel and see the world, Tobin’s main passion is animals and their welfare. His hope is to become a marine biologist one day and help clean up the ocean for its inhabitants.

“Learning through Service”

Poupée’s speech centers around the premise that not all learning is created equal. By walking us through the process of starting and running a project, she hopes to highlight the importance of such work in our life.

Another representative of our awesome sophomore class is Emily, a gifted pianist and veteran gymnast. Emily loves to travel, both in her native Taiwan and around the world. She also enjoys acting, playing music and tennis, performing, and perfecting her gymnastics routine.  

“Let’s Make a Wave”

In his first TEDx speech, Tobin will challenge us to make a minor change to our habits, in the hopes that we can turn the tide of pollution that is affecting our oceans.


Do you feel insecure around others as a result of physical traits that you have deemed imperfect? Emily is here to tell you that you are not alone, and more importantly, to show you that you are going to be just fine.


A trilingual and a world traveler who has lived in Russia and Thailand, Nina is known best for her constant smile. Be it on the softball team or at a Model United Nations meet, she constantly brings her positive attitude to everything that she does.

As the sole representative of middle school on the TEDx stage this year, Sky has big shoes to fill, but she is ready. Besides being an active member of MSC, MUN, and Destination Imagination for Science, Sky is an accomplished golfer and a member of our swim team. Despite her busy schedule, she still found the time to initiate a new service learning project at RIS.

As the representative of our junior class, Maren embodies all the great qualities of her cohort; compassion, curiosity, and dedication. Be it on the field playing soccer, on weekends helping with the Link Crew, or at home teaching herself the guitar, Maren constantly strives to become the best version of herself.


Despite this being Torfun’s first year at RIS, she still found the courage and time to prepare and present a talk at this year’s TEDx. An accomplished Pianist who plans to study business at Chula, Torfun has hit the ground running and has no plans to stop improving.  

“Giving Forward”

When Maren and her friends started a service project in Northern Thailand, they had no idea how life changing the experience was going to be. Maren takes to the stage to share their inspiring story.

This is Ayush’s second adventure with TEDx. As a highly involved senior, it is remarkable that he finds the time to plan, practice, and deliver yet another speech to help students cope with the stress of their work. On top of being a veteran of our stage, Ayush is leaving his mark on many of our proud accomplishments as a school.


“150 Classes”

After spending months working on what seemed to be one dead end after the other, Todd got the breakthrough he was hoping for, and may have managed to save countless lives in the process.                    

“Think BIG”

As an involved student in an international school, Sky is not a stranger to service learning. Her speech will help us understand, and plan for, our empathy’s exponential growth.  

“Stronger Together”

In her speech, Nina tries to shine the light on bullying practices among teenagers, while rallying us all to pitch in and help whenever necessary.


Moving to a new school can be quite stressful, but deciding to speak about it on the TEDx stage is downright terrifying. Torfun is here to show us how to manage the fear and get it all done.  

Among Todd’s many accomplishments as a student of sciences at RIS are his design to convert heat waste to electricity and his research on developing bioplastic using wasted fruit seeds instead of corn. His work, dedication, and curiosity have earned him a well-deserved scholarship at Harvard University.

If you do not know Poupée, it’s probably because you have never set foot at RIS. With her four languages and constant involvement in everything from service learning to student council and athletics, Poupée is the embodiment of international mindedness.  

“A Happy Medium”

As an IB diploma student, Ayush has come to expect stress as part of his daily life. He is here to explain that this may not be that bad after all.

“Sustainability through Entrepreneurship”

Belle is here to ask one question that can revolutionize the way we look at environmental intervention: Can we make sustainability profitable, and therefore more appealing?  

If you’ve ever seen her playing the harp, arguing a motion at MUN, or even helping in student council, you must have noticed Belle’s passion in action. An entrepreneur at heart, Belle has attended numerous prestigious summer camps,  from UC Berkeley to the University of Maryland, and is bringing her expertise to our stage this year.