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TEDxRansomEvergladesSchool 2023 will focus on the theme "Between the Lines", offering speakers a chance to analyze concepts and ideas that are not always seen as apparent, but require deeper analysis and understanding.

Alicia Medina


A few symbols in between a set of lines can create something beautiful. Classical music is all around us, and our exposure to this style of music can influence who we are and our decisions. With such an impactful presence in our lives, classical music can open doors that allow us to see the world from a whole new perspective. Alicia Medina is a freshman at Ransom Everglades School. Alicia plays varsity golf and lacrosse and is a member of the ASL and Poetry Club. She loves to play and create music on instruments like the piano, viola, guitar, and more. In addition, she has led the local chapter of the nonprofit organization, Hungry For Music, here in Miami for over 5 years. 



Eliza’s talk focuses on the fast fashion industry with an aim to educate and inform about the prevailing effects it has. She discusses the importance of being sustainable in relation to one's consumption of clothes. With the inclusion of eye-opening data and examples, she hopes to motivate the audience to act more sustainably.  Eliza Arnold is a junior at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida, which she has been attending since 6th grade. She is involved in the yearbook, Ransom Everglades’s sustainable fashion magazine, and the school newspaper. She has always had a passion for fashion and is very specifically interested in journalism and sustainability. Eliza loves animals and going to the beach. She enjoys reading and finding new ways to express herself through clothing.



We recycle our favorite movie quotes all the time, and beyond putting them on clothes, menus, and bumper stickers, we use them in our daily vocabulary. Film quotes have become shorthand for emotional expression – Liv’s talk analyzes their potential as tools for communication. As a documentary director, film critic for her school’s newspaper and founder of a marketing and distribution organization for teenage directors, Liv Steinhardt has a passion for all things film and media. She believes that filmmaking is the most powerful form of storytelling, and is excited to enroll in New York University’s Cinema Studies program in the fall. Until then, you can find Liv enjoying her time left as a senior at Ransom Everglades School or watching old Bette Davis movies. 

Lucas lippeY


During the summer of 2022, Lucas Lippey was fortunate enough to intern with the Office of Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island, where he became passionate about youth participation in politics and discovered the key disparities between representatives and the general public. In his talk “Youth to Power,” Lucas will discuss the ways young activists can demand the representation they are entitled to and assist in the fight to save our democracy. Lucas Lippey is a sophomore at Ransom Everglades School in Miami, Florida. He is passionate about American and international policy, conflict resolution, and sustainability. During the summer of 2022, Lucas was fortunate enough to intern with the office of Congressman David Cicilline of Rhode Island and discovered a newfound interest in youth activism. In addition, Lucas is an avid sailor, plays guitar, and Scuba dives with his dad in his spare time.



Skye’s talk explores the topic of mindfulness and how it can be used to help people connect with themselves. Her talk features the real-life applications of mindfulness, tools that will help individuals learn how to tap into their grounded self, and guided meditation. Skye McPhillips is a junior at Ransom Everglades who has spent the past three years exploring wellness and her own spirituality. Skye leads women’s circles at a local yoga studio and enjoys practicing yoga and meditation. She will be sharing her methods and tools that have helped her strengthen her sense of self and create a balanced and fulfilled life.

Sophia Romanov-Imber


The Ethics of Cancel Culture explores the current issue of self-censorship and ideological conformity plaguing academia and discussions today. Diversity of thought is a beautiful thing and to dismiss it through public shaming of unpopular opinions is to dismiss learning. Sophia’s talk analyzes how cancel culture has integrated itself beyond the internet to classroom and dinner tables, and it can lead us to censor our authentic selves. Sophia Romanov-Imber is a junior at Ransom Everglades. She is interested in political science, ethics, and English. Sophia is the Assistant Editor for Inklings, the literary magazine at RE. In 2022, one of her works was published as part of the Oxford Academia Creative Writing Program. In the same year, her photography received an Honorable Mention from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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