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Mavericks Making Waves: September 2019
Nueva Communications


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


agar art project

American Society for Microbiology Features Student Work

Last year, Nueva tenth graders created complex agar-based art pieces, drawing upon their knowledge of organisms like bacteria, plants, and slime mold. Using agar (a jelly-like substance used in bio labs), food dyes, and various organic materials to grow cell cultures, they created living, dynamic art pieces. Their work was recently featured by the American Society for Microbiology: Inspiring Students' Creativity and Design Thinking with Agar Art.


Debate winner Pranav R. and Noah T. pose with trophy.

Nueva Students Soar in Debate Competition

Nueva's debate team is going strong! Earlier this month, Public Forum debaters Noah T. and Pranav R., both seniors, won first place at the National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by the University of Kentucky. They beat out 154 Public Forum Varsity Debate teams from 20 states. Seniors Anjali R. and Irene M. also reached the elimination rounds.

Last weekend, Parliamentary debaters Eugenia X., grade 11, and Pascal D., grade 10, ascended to the quarterfinals of the Jack Howe Memorial Invitational at CSU Long Beach, surpassing 87 teams from California and Oregon in the process.

Nueva's debate team competes in two types of debate events. In Public Forum debates, students research in advance and bring prepared materials. In Parliamentary debates, the topics change from round to round in any given tournament; debaters only have twenty minutes to prepare handwritten notes.

Congratulations to all of our debate team members!


Mattew S. at a concert hall with his violin.

Nueva Student Wins First Prize in International Violin Competition

Over the summer, Matthew S., grade 11, toured five European countries with the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, and toured the East Coast as associate concert master of the National Youth Orchestra 2, with featured soloist Gabriela Montero.

After the tour, Matthew won first prize in the violin division at the US International Music Competition. He also won second place in the violin division of the ENKOR International Music Competition.

Congratulations, Matthew!


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