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Mavericks Making Waves: October 2022
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Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls. 


Nueva Newspaper, The Nueva Current, Named Finalist of Prestigious Pacemaker Award

Congratulations to the students on the staff of The Nueva Current upper school newspaper! They have been named a Pacemaker finalist by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) for their work on the 2021–2022 school newspaper. The association, now in its 101st year, serves as a national community of student journalists and scholastic journalism teachers and advisers. 
The prestigious Pacemaker Award is the NSPA's preeminent award for honoring excellence in scholastic student newspapers, newsmagazines, and specialty magazines. According to the association, the award "[recognizes] the best of the best."
"It really puts our work into perspective," said Aaron H. ’24, who joined the journalism elective last year and serves as the opinion section editor this year. "We always tend to scrutinize every issue, but being Pacemaker finalists helped remind me that our work is something to be proud of."
The Current staff produced six issues over the course of the 2021–2022 school year, covering restorative justice, teacher turnover, the war in Ukraine, and more.
"Our class has always had an amazing energy that reflects in our work," said Emma Z. ’23, who was the design editor last year and is currently co-editor-in-chief. She highlighted the students' support for one another, fearlessness, and care and respect in approaching complex topics as factors for their success. "I am incredibly grateful for this distinction because it means that people outside of our community are getting the opportunity to read through and recognize [our efforts]."
The Nueva Current, which was also a finalist in 2020, is one of only 38 Pacemaker finalists nationwide. Seventeen Pacemaker winners will be announced in November. 


Upper School English Teacher Pearl Bauer's Work Published in Journal

In 2020, upper school English teacher Pearl Bauer collaborated with three other scholars to create “Undisciplining the Victorian Classroom,” which, according to its website, is “a digital humanities project that reimagines how to teach Victorian studies through a positive, race-conscious lens.” The site includes a repository of lesson plans and syllabi. 

Recently, Pearl and her team had their article about antiracism praxis published in Victorian Studies, an interdisciplinary journal of social, political, and cultural studies published by Indiana University Press. 

“In it, my co-developers and I argue,” Pearl said, “that Victorian studies as a field needs to take teaching seriously as a critical practice, a site of disciplinary formation and transformation, and an integral part of antiracist, anti-colonial, and decolonial organizing and activism.”

In celebrating the publication of this article, upper school English teacher Allen Frost commented, “I love that Pearl and her collaborators are centering teaching in their scholarship; we're so fortunate (our students especially) to benefit from Pearl’s deep experience and expertise in the field.”


Sophomore James L. Qualified for and Competed in the US Junior Amateur Golf Tournament

During summer 2022, sophomore James L. tied for 3rd place at the US Junior Qualifying Tournament at Stanford Golf Course, shooting a 3-under 67. This remarkable accomplishment qualified him for the 2022 US Junior Amateur Golf Tournament, where he competed at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

“I loved the experience,” James said. “It was surreal to be at an event of that size and caliber. I am disappointed in how I played but I aim to be back next year and the years to follow, hopefully for more success.”


Robert Lopez, director of cross country and track and field, Honored with Distinguished Service Award

At the conclusion of the 2021–22 school year, Nueva Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Robert Lopez received the Central Coast Section (CCS) Athletic Directors Association Distinguished Service Award for the north region.

Robert said, “I was surprised to receive this award. To get this in my fourth year [in CCS], I’m honored people see my contributions after a short time and that they’d choose to honor me this early. I’ve been coaching a long time, mostly in Southern California, but I’m newer to this region. I was truly honored that I’d be recognized for my work.”

Sophomore Chloe M.'s Art to Be Displayed in San Francisco Museum

Sophomore Chloe M. recently had two pieces of artwork selected for the community exhibition “Spirit of the Season” at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Chloe had one digital piece (“Illuminated”) and one traditional piece (“Swirling”) accepted to this showcase. Her artwork will be on display beginning Thursday, Nov. 17. 

“It’s very exciting to have my art in a museum, as I've never really shown my art to anyone before,” Chloe said. “Though it’s a bit scary to think of how many people might come to the exhibit, I’m glad to contribute to the museum alongside various Bay Area artists. All and all, I hope people enjoy my pieces!”

Senior Lucie L. Takes Top Honors at International Music Competition

This past June, senior Lucie L. was chosen as First Place Winner in the Classical Repertoire (age 15–17) category of the American Protégé International Music Vocal Competition 2022! Lucie sang "Vergebliches Ständchen" by Brahms and "Après un rêve" by Fauré. 

The vocal competition, which is open to solo vocalists and vocal groups of all ages, nationalities and countries, received a record number of submissions from talented singers from 21 countries.

Lucie has been invited to perform for the first time at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in June 2023 for the winner's recital. She studies classical voice at San Francisco Conservatory and often performs at Nueva as a solo singer and as part of the student a capella group Nueva Notes, which she co-leads with senior Anoushka K., and juniors Kayte C. and Owen Y.-L.

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Photo Walk Series: Intersession at the Lower and Middle School

Last week, lower and middle school students participated in a myriad of Intersession courses, exploring new areas of learning and digging deeper into areas of passion. Take a look at a sampling of offerings our lower and middle school students participated in last week.

Karen Tiegel and Steven Channan honor Sin-Tung on stage

On Sunday, May 22, community members past and present gathered at Hillsborough and, through Zoom, around the world to celebrate 30 years of brilliant teaching and music-making by our very own Sin-Tung Chiu. If you were unable to attend, you can still enjoy the touching tributes and inspiring performances by the Nueva String Ensemble, current and former violin students, and Sin-Tung himself, accompanied by Nueva alumnus Dmitriy Cogan, on this professionally produced video. Log in to to watch here.

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Mavericks Making Waves is our latest roundup of exceptional student and faculty accomplishments and activities happening beyond Nueva's walls.