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September 8, 2021

Amidst the chaos that was the Coronavirus pandemic, Elanah Arnold and, Claudia O'Sullivan, two seventeen-year-olds from Miami, Florida, felt the need to take agency over something in their lives. Their plan of action was to lock away their smartphones and trade them in for flip phones. Through this, they discovered the importance of looking beyond the distractions of a screen and actively practicing gratitude for the things in front of them. Watch their comedic take on their summer experience and learn about the lessons they took away from their experiment. Claudia O’Sullivan is a senior at Ransom Everglades High School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She is a member of the Varsity Basketball team at her school, loves working with the elderly, and loves talking to strangers. In the fall of 2021, she will be attending the gateway program at the University of Notre Dame.

Elanah Arnold is a senior at the Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She is the captain of the Varsity Basketball team at her school as well as the Editor in Chief of the school’s yearbook. In the fall of 2021, Elanah will be attending Barnard College of Columbia University. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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