Nicole Varriale is a student at Howitt Middle School in Farmingdale, New York. Her hobbies include pottery, drawing and painting, playing the piano and fishing. While she enjoys delving into my many recreational activities, it’s her love for dance and public speaking that truly captures her passion. She dances at the competitive level and will be participating in dance nationals this year. In the spring 2019, she was chosen to be a member of the panel for the “Long Island Connected Educator’s Summit,” a forum that bring educators together to discuss innovative ideas for preparing students for real world challenges. She is excited to be part of TedXFarmingdale and is looking forward to meeting, working with, and learning from a great group of inspiring people.