FS DFTF Japan HEROChris Scott, Upper School Japanese teacher, and Hillary Freeman, ninth grade dean, took nine young ambassadors (Grades 9–12) to Japan for eleven days in February on an exchange program with Doshisha high schools.

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This year’s STEM fair had something for everyone. There were workshops about cryptocurrency, genetic engineering, and VR animation. Students showcased classwork that ranged from hand-made pinball machines to experiments in space. Presenters encouraged visitors to tinker with paper airplanes, dissect pig hearts, and code little robots. There was even a musical performance by Tom McFadden’s Science Rap Academy.

FS JaneOfAllTrades HERO2What do a wedding officiant, violinist, actor, stunt performer, stunt-coordinator, singer/songwriter, and audio book narrator have in common? They are all means of employment for New Orleans resident and Nueva alumna Olga Munding ’86. She also publishes the occasional short story and in the future hopes to complete a book on the time she spent with blues legend Jessie Mae Hemphill. 

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The tenth grade Costa Rica trip presents students with opportunities not only to discover rich biodiversity, but also to examine the complex issues surrounding protecting those rare species from survival threats such as climate change, human society, and habitat destruction.

DFTF Trinidad HERO

This year, Nueva music teacher Jim Munzenrider and middle school head Liza Raynal chaperoned an optional trip to Trinidad over February break for ten steelpan players ranging from 7th through 11th grade. The last group of students who travelled to Trinidad are now in college and we were thrilled to return.



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