A star Waianae teacher is set to take the TED Talks stage

Updated: Jul. 20, 2018 at 5:28 PM HST
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WAIANAE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Waianae High School's Searider Productions sets the standard for student storytelling.

Candy Suiso started the award-winning media program 25 years ago.

"The storytelling with the tool of whatever it is, camera or laptop, just becomes magical. I really believe that's the key to our success," she said.

That success was recognized by organizers of the popular internet lecture series TED Talks. They invited Suiso to speak at next week's event in Fargo, North Dakota.

It's a huge platform.

TED Talks messages are viewed by billions of people around the world.

Suiso's nervous but excited to share her story.

"We really do have something special here. if we can share that with the world, let's do this!" she said.

Searider Productions instructor John Allen is helping her prepare her talk.

"We've been watching Ted Talks in class for years. And just to say, 'Hey, now we have somebody who's been there. They know what it's like and now let's get another person up there and more of our ideas out there,'" he said.

Allen and Suiso are condensing 25 years of Searider Productions history into an 8-minute speech. No video, only photographs can accompany her presentation.

"We have these great videos. The videos tell the story," Suiso said.

She's honored by the opportunity to share at TED Talks and excited about the upcoming school year.

Searider Productions will again top 200 students who'll learn the value of teamwork and hard work.

"They make great projects but it's these life lessons that they take with them whatever they do -- whether it's a relationship, whether it's a job, wherever they are," she said.

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