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TEDx McHenry sells out its inaugural event

Speakers explored ‘Beyond Boundaries’ theme

David Rendall, a North Carolina author and speaker, was one of 14 speakers at the inaugural TEDx McHenry on April 13.
David Rendall, a North Carolina author and speaker, was one of 14 speakers at the inaugural TEDx McHenry on April 13.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s TEDx McHenry after the sell-out success for the inaugural event at McHenry High School – East Campus.

Jeff Prickett, East Campus principal and lead organizer for TEDx McHenry, said organizers have already had requests for sponsors and speakers for next year. The April 13 event drew 100 people to hear from 14 speakers from the McHenry area and across the nation give talks that explore the theme “Beyond Boundaries.”

“It was such a massive success. We have to continue,” Prickett said. “TEDx is a global phenomenon.”

Although not a school-sponsored event, TEDx McHenry was conceived and produced by a committee of six McHenry High School District 156 teachers and administrators.

The speakers included East Campus teacher Howie Perlow and East Campus students Dylan Qualls and Caleb Schopen.

Several area businesses provided goods and services at discounts to keep the $35 tickets low compared to other TEDx events. In addition to the six-member committee, another 25 McHenry High School students and staff members volunteered to help run the April 13 event.

Prickett said he and others are meeting soon to start planning for next year, and one of the things they are considering is building in more time for discussion between speakers. They likely will expand the committee for next year, and organizers have to apply for another TEDx license.

For this year’s event, about 26 speakers applied for the 14 spots. Organizers expect recordings to be available on the TEDx website.

Prickett said they are excited to highlight public speaking in an age when many rely on digital devices for information.

Sponsors for this year’s event are MCHS Print Shop, Kids in Need of McHenry County, Campus Beats, Gary Lang Auto Group, Willoughby Center for Behavioral Health, Buddyz Restaurant, Kiera Confections and Ed’s Rental and Sales.

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