Meet the Spark Connectors

If you’ve checked out Spark, PopTech’s pilot youth initiative, you might have noticed that high school students are a critical part of the campaign.



Four rising seniors were selected as this year’s Spark Connectors: Keziah Green and Anthony Morris, both from BCAM High School in Brooklyn, New York; Molly White, from Camden Hills Regional High School in Rockport, Maine; and Sarina Chawla, from Tesla Engineering Charter School in Neenah, Wisconsin.

In advance of PopTech 2010, all four Connectors attended a one-day workshop, learning how to visualize ideas with Peter Durand, tell stories with Radio Lab’s Jad Abumrad, and produce video with Chris Walker-Spencer. During the conference, the Connectors used these tools on the Spark blog to record their thoughts and interviews about the speakers they’d seen present.

Molly met and interviewed a couple of her favorite speakers, eco-adventurer David de Rothschild and Graham Hill. Sarina practiced the visual approach to telling stories, capturing two views on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Keziah learned what being wrong reveals about memory and human nature. She and Anthony also found time to celebrate the hard-working staff that produces the PopTech conference every year.

When asked what they had learned at PopTech, Anthony summed it up nicely. “It only takes one person to change the world. I want to be part of that.”

PopTech contributor Jonathan Laurence captured these students’ participation with the Spark program at PopTech 2010. Check it out!

Photos:Thatcher Hullerman Cook

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