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Alumni Jump to Action: Graduates spanning more than a decade support Class of 2020
Diana A. Chamorro, director of alumni, parents of alumni, and grandparent relations

Whether together on campus or spanning the globe, Nueva alumni share a unique and tight knit communal bond. That connectedness was most recently demonstrated by an outpouring of support for the Class of 2020. Due to travel restrictions from the unprecedented events of COVID-19, the senior class had to navigate their college decisions without the opportunity to make final visits to the schools of their choice. Jumping to action, graduates spanning the Classes of 2008 to 2019 were quick to offer themselves as resources to their fellow Mavericks to share insight about the institutions they were or are currently attending.

“I decided to share my contact information with other Nueva students because I remember how scary the college decision process was for me, and I want to help them in any way that I can.” said Sinead Chang ’18, a current a journalism and political science major at the University of Southern California. 

“I actually decided on USC after meeting up with another former Nueva student, Jesse Valdez ’17, during a campus visit, so I know how valuable of a resource alumni can be! Even though I only spent three years at Nueva, the community means a whole lot to me and I'm always happy to offer support to current students. Plus, many of my friends are now seniors at Nueva, so of course I want to help!” 
 



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Doshisha anniversary

For Nueva students studying Japanese, “Doshisha” has a special meaning. This is especially true for the more than 500 students who over the years have participated in the exchange program that has grown from one high school to four middle and high schools in and around Kyoto.

Laena Wilder

When Laena Wilder was 10 years old, a walk down San Francisco’s Market Street with her Nueva art teacher Barbara Marino and her best friend set fire to a passion that would drive the rest of her life.

Alumni Lee Holtzman poses with a lemur

“My years at Nueva were the best three years of my intellectual life,” upper school teacher and eighth-grade class of 2001 alum Lee Holtzman said. “Ever since I left Nueva, it was always the biggest part of me. Which is odd because I was only here for three years.” After only one week at the school, Lee identified the need for Nueva to expand from a PreK–8 school to PreK–12. “The end of my first week at Nueva (I started in sixth grade, so I was eleven), I went into the Head of School’s office, sat down, and said ‘You need to start a high school, because I need to go there!’”

Judee Brasesco and her two grandsons

Judee Brasesco has the unique perspective of seeing how Nueva shaped two generations of students in her family. When she learned about the Nueva School in the 1970s, she had two school-aged children, Jill Brasesco Thomsen (’77 sixth-grade graduate) and J.D. Brasesco (’80 sixth-grade graduate). Last spring, Judee’s oldest grandsons, Scott Brasesco ’18 and Chip Thomsen ’18, graduated from Nueva, and her youngest grandson, Jack B., is now an eleventh grader at Nueva.