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Mavericks Making Waves: February 2022
Rachel Freeman


Three Students Recognized as Top Scholars by Society for Science

Karen G. '22

On Jan. 6, three Nueva students were among the top 300 students recognized by Society for Science’s ​​Regeneron Science Talent Search. Seniors Andrew C., Karen G., and Yash N. were selected from a pool of 1,805 applications from 603 high schools across 46 states and eight countries. The scholars and their schools each receive $2,000. 

The press release announcing this recognition noted that “scholars were chosen based on their exceptional research skills, commitment to academics, innovative thinking and promise as scientists.”

Yash N. '22

Two weeks later, Andrew and Yash were were named top 40 finalists. Andrew was recognized for his work on the synergy and competition between long and short duration storage in renewable power grids, and Yash was selected for his work on DeepWaste, a mobile application that leverages powerful artificial intelligence algorithms to provide accurate and instantaneous waste classification. 

Andrew C. '22

The 2022 finalists’ research projects span a diverse range of STEM-related subjects, showcasing a breadth of knowledge and depth of passion for science. The Society for Science shared in its press release that these 40 finalists “were chosen based on their projects’ scientific rigor and their potential to become world-changing scientists and leaders.” Each finalist is awarded at least $25,000. 

The top 10 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2022 winners will be announced during a live-streamed awards ceremony on March 15. 

 

Math Competition Round-up

Throughout the year, Nueva students participate in a number of math competitions. The current season is underway, and we commend all participants. All students taking these challenging math contests deserve credit for taking a risk, and those listed below earned special distinction.

In November, students on both campuses took the AMC 10 and AMC 12 math competitions, what some consider the most prestigious high school math contests. These competitions serve as a qualifying round for additional contests, which help to determine the team that competes for the United States at the International Mathematical Olympiad. For the AMC 12A, junior Anuj T. earned top school honors on the AMC 12A, while senior Jack A. earned an Honor Roll of Distinction award for the AMC 12B. Eighth grader Ryan A. earned top honors on both the AMC 10A and the 10B. The following students earned Certificates of Distinction:

  • For the AMC 12: Anuj, Jack, and sophomore Taiga N.
  • For the AMC 10: Ryan, sophomore Joshua K., and freshman Vinca L.

In January, middle school students participated in MathCounts, one of the two most prestigious middle school math competitions (along with the AMC 8). More than 45 students participated in the competition, which determines the 12-person team that will compete at the upcoming MathCounts chapter competition. Eighth graders Ryan A., Nate B., and Anika G., and seventh grader Julia S. earned spots on Nueva’s four-person team, while the following students qualified as individuals:

  • Eighth graders Jason C. and Anna V.
  • Seventh graders Hubert C., Analise C., Shreya M., and Pablo Z.
  • Sixth graders Shen H., Noah L., Davina R., and Alex Y.

Finally, while not eligible to compete at the chapter competition due to MatchCount rules, fifth graders Aanik C., Atticus L., Brandon N., and Karsh N. scored well enough to qualify.

Congratulations to all of our Nueva mathletes!

(Note: Every effort is made to include all students who earned top honors and distinctions at math competitions. If we missed someone, please contact Steven Chanan for inclusion in the next Mavericks Making Waves article.)

 

Freshman Margaux W. Selected as World Science Scholar

Margaux W. '25

The World Science Scholars program, an initiative of the World Science Festival, announced the latest class of scholars at the end of 2021, and Nueva freshman Margaux W. was among the 48 students selected. As part of this two-year program, Margaux will have the opportunity to work with world-renowned experts to explore the ways mathematical skills can be applied to solve complex challenges. 

“I am truly excited about this extraordinary opportunity to learn about topics at the cutting edge of science from the world’s top researchers,” Margaux said. “Equally compelling is the chance to interact with a cohort of outstanding international students who are passionate about science.”

Congratulations to Margaux on her selection to this program.

 

Two Nueva Students Receive 2022 Award for Aspirations in Computing

Audrey A. '22

Mia T. '23

Senior Audrey A. and junior Mia T. were selected last week as 2022 national recipients of the Award for Aspirations in Computing by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT). Audrey and Mia were two of 40 winners from a pool of more than 3,500 applications. Students were recognized, according to an NCWIT press release, for their “aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.”

“It’s always so great to see more young women leading the way in STEM fields, which will inspire more young women to pursue their passion in STEM,” said Nueva I-Lab Director Angi Chau. “Audrey and Mira are such a great examples of a young leader. Congratulations to them!”

 

Nueva Students’ Work Recognized by Experimental Biology Conference

When the Nueva science labs were closed due to COVID-19, students designed projects with the intent of making a significant impact on the scientific community. Many collaborated with Nueva alumni to create tier-one research projects. In late 2021, their work was recognized by the greater science community with acceptances to present their work at the Experimental Biology conference in Philadelphia in April. 

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    Donnya J. ’23, Anika S. ’22, Aidan Percer ’21, Jocelyn Wang ’21, Amalia Kamon ’21, Quinn Armentrout ’21
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    Benjamin Cheng ’19, Eli C. ’22, Anoushka K. ’23, Tyler Groshong ’20, Irene Madejski ’20, Avi Sundaresan ’21, Grace Holmes ’21, Ishir Gupta ’21, Emma Leschly ’21
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    Molly C. ’22, Juliet S. ’23, Albert H. ’23
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