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Nueva Connection Challenge!
Alumni Office

Chris Garber, eighth-grade Class of ’08, has launched the Nueva Connection Challenge! — a friendly competition to see which class can create the most new alumni connections. 

Join the Fun! One point for every connection.

  • Email an anecdote about how you are connecting with your classmates. Pictures are encouraged and appreciated!
  • Submit Class Notes.
  • Extra Credit: Convince fellow alums to connect with Nueva on LinkedIn (see instructions below). Let us know about new connections.

There. Will. Be. Prizes!
Aside from the glory of being the most connected class and braggin’ rights for the following year, Chris and the Alumni Office will provide fun, commemorative Nueva swag for you and your classmates, and will prominently display your class year.

Challenge Deadline: December 31, 2019

Or Make Up Your Own Connection Challenge
There will still be prizes!
Chris writes, “These ideas, like all creative thoughts, are just the seeds I want to plant in your minds for what is possible. You guys are the experts here. Feel free to write back with new ideas for how we can get people reconnected and make our alumni network as strong and vibrant as we can.”

Chris and members of the eighth-grade Class of ’08 kicked off the Nueva Connection Challenge! On December 23, 2018, Chris hosted his own reunion with six ’08 classmates, including one attending via Skype. Chris explains, “We visited the Hillsborough campus, watched a rendering of the planned new buildings, talked about what we’ve been up to, how college was, and our career paths. A lot has happened since we graduated from the eighth grade.”

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Nueva Connection Challenge!

Chris Garber, eighth-grade Class of ’08, has launched the Nueva Connection Challenge! — a friendly competition to see which class can create the most new alumni connections. 

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Alumni Lee Holtzman poses with a lemur

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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.  

 Andrew Lam and his parents in a city

When Andrew Lam (eighth grade,’01) visited the Upper School with his father last year, he was thrilled to see learning in progress. “There was stuff all over the floor,” he said. “An intentional mess of art and science projects where kids were learning and exploring.” He was happy to see that the culture of exploration and the freedom to make and learn from mistakes were still part of the school he loved so much.