Celebrating Student Successes

Nueva encourages students to explore their passions inside and outside the classroom, and we are pleased to share a collection of these achievements. 

Nueva Third Grader Jordan F. Joins the Cub Scouts


Nueva third grader Jordan F. was recently profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the first girls to join the Boy Scouts of America in Alameda and San Francisco counties. In October 2017, the Boy Scouts of America changed their flagship program from Boy Scouts to Cub Scouts and opened their doors to include both boys and girls.

“I’ve seen nothing that develops leadership skills and discipline like this organization," National Boy Scouts of America board chairman Randall Stephenson said. "It is time to make these outstanding leadership opportunities available to girls.”

Formerly a Girl Scout, Jordan was drawn to Cub Scouts for the opportunity to do more. She is described by her troop as a scout who wants to go on the longest, most rugged hikes. Jordan aspires to complete a 12-day, 106-mile trek with the Cub Scouts and eventually become an Eagle Scout, the highest acheivement in the program. 

Jordan has recruited four more girls to join her Cub Scout Den, all of whom are members of the Nueva community. Read the full story in the San Francisco Chronicle.

x171206163854133b99ba536b5302ba46145e875cf571 640 800Calista H. Awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Scholarship

Nueva tenth-grade student Calista H. was recently selected to receive the 2018–19 National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship (NSLI-Y) and will travel to Seoul, South Korea, this summer for a seven-week intensive Korean language and cultural immersion program.

Calista, who previously studied Japanese at Nueva, is interested in learning about the political tensions in East Asia, and specifically the facilitiation of communication between the U.S., China, Japan, South Korea, and North Korea.

The NSLI-Y Scholarship is managed by the American Councils for International Education, and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

After connecting with other NSLI-Y alums, Calista is looking forward to her time abroad studying East Asian political issues, anticipating the only challenge to be returning home after spending so much time away. Good luck, Calista!


Twelfth Grader Andrew Z. Wins Bronze in “Best of Show” at the International Robogames

Nueva twelfth-grade student Andrew Z. earned the bronze medal at the 14th Annual International Robogames Tournament in April for his entry “W.I.R.E.,” short for “Wearable Intuitive Rescue Exoskeleton.”

W.I.R.E. was designed to be an assistive exoskeleton that can be deployed to teams in search and rescue operations, and would extend the capability and endurance of human operators in disaster situations. The W.I.R.E. can lift more than 93 pounds with a single arm.

Andrew designed W.I.R.E. using only hand tools and 3D printing, and the total cost of his materials was under $600. He competed against university teams from Poland, Egypt, Brazil, and Indonesia, and earned bronze for his originality, functionality, and aesthetics. Congratulations Andrew!


Unknown 13Anna L. Conquers Diving and Gymnastics in Two NorCal Regionals Events

At the end of April, Nueva sixth grader Anna L. competed against more than 700 girls at one of the toughest regional gymnastics events — Region One, which encompasses gymnasts in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and all of California. Anna's NorCal state team earned first place in this event, and individually Anna placed ninth overall. After championing vault with a 9.825 score out of 10, Anna’s combined vault, bars, and floor score was 38.10.

Anna started competing in diving, in addition to gymnastics, earlier this year. She competed in Region 10 Diving one week after her gymnastics event. In Region 10, Anna won first place on both the 5m platform and the 3m springboard. The team took first overall at the Region 10 Team Championship.

With this performance, Anna qualified for Zones in three events: platform, 3m springboard, and 1m springboard. Anna will compete in Zones to qualify for the National Diving competition to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at the end of May.

Anna has been participating in gymnastics for six years and diving for four years. She is a member of both the Bayshore Elite Gymnastics team and the Stanford Diving Club, which took first overall for the recent Region 10 Team Championship. Congratulations Anna!



x17120616385857515bb037308f6de6529b4feffa7f57 640 800Tenth Grader Anjali R. Selected to Compete in the All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest

After her winning performance at the San Mateo County Japanese Speech Contest in March, Nueva tenth-grade student Anjali R. was chosen to join the 15th Annual All-USA High School Japanese Speech Contest, scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 26, at UC Irvine.

Sponsored by the Japanese Language Scholarship Foundation, Anjali will compete in the largest Japanese speech contest for high schoolers in the United States. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and a trip to the Japanese Speech Award (JSA) contest to be held in Tokyo this summer. Good luck, Anjali!






By Julia Barzizza, Digital Content Specialist

May 23, 2018 



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