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What is the one word for an independent thinker, who comes up with ideas and then does not hesitate in voicing them before the audience?

I'm looking to apply the word in context of a high school student, where the audience would refer to his/her classmates and teachers.

  • "individual" comes to mind. – SovereignSun Nov 20 '17 at 16:26
  • @GaurangTandon How about "freethinker"? – Gustavson Nov 20 '17 at 23:18
  • @Gustavson It doesn't relate to the part about "not hesitating to voice them before an audience". In fact, the word "freethinker" is along the lines of a person who rejects accepted opinions, certainly not what I am want. – Gaurang Tandon Nov 21 '17 at 2:30
  • @SovereignSun That feels more like "isolated" or separated from the group... – Gaurang Tandon Nov 21 '17 at 2:31
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Depending on just how novel their ideas are, you might use radical.

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I would call it an authentic thinker/leader/student/whatever..

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