Chris Mercer speaks to 9th graders about why "Leadership is... Opportunity."Chris's favorite thing about being a student in the program is being inspired by the teachers and students. He loves to participate in class discussions that require students to think about and express themselves in a creative and insightful manner. He is passionate about being inspired. Being a human being, he looks forward to becoming a better person every day and making positive changes in his life. Being inspired has allowed him to be a light in other people's lives as well as his own. He is proud of being the person he is today and is appreciative of the people and experiences that have shaped him. One thing that few people know about him is that he is a guitar player. He enjoys expressing himself in a variety of different [email protected] is an independently organized TEDx event based at James River High School in Midlothian, VA.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).