— Sea Crest alumna gave impassioned speech on sexism

Half Moon Bay High School students, including Sea Crest alumna Nicole Cordova, share strong words in speech. Discussion about a tough topic is well received. Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on Wednesday, February 21st. By Sarah Griego Guz.

On Feb. 12, three Half Moon Bay High School students delivered their sentiments regarding sexism. As part of the Half Moon Bay branch of the American Association of University Women’s Speech Trek exercise, each student gave an impassioned speech on the subject of “How Can We Stand Up to Sexism.”

The six-minute talks capped off months of hard work as Audrey Booher, Sara Bower and Nicole Cordova stood in front of an audience and spoke.

The opportunity was announced at Half Moon Bay High School. Seven students expressed interest. In the end, only three had the stamina it took to compete. Each student crafted talks under the watchful eye of retired teacher and the AAUW member Antoinette Wrubel.

“We started before the holiday last year and it soon became a collaborative effort,” she said. “I encouraged them to have a story, start with something personal or at least relatable, that seemed to set them off on something.

“In addition to reading, they used their relatives and mothers as research,” she continued.

In addition to keeping the students on track with respect to timelines, Wrubel mentored each young woman, often spending hours with each.

“I told them that they were writing a speech, not a paper,” she stated. “Meaning, it’s spoken so they needed to consider their audience.” Read more.



— Alumni Profile: Elysa Kohrs, Class of 2009

Meet our Alumni: After attending Sea Crest since Kindergarten and graduating in 2009, Elysa has been determined to make a big mark in the world. Click here to watch the video.

Do you have Alumni News to share with us? Please email us at communications@seacrestschool.org, or click here to update alumni contact information. We look forward to hearing from you.


— Alumni Profile: Carter White, Class of 2008

Carter White graduated from Sea Crest School in 2008. He started out in Kindergarten, back in 1999, at our old building and moved to the new building when he was in third grade. He still remembers the excitement about the move and the brand new classroom he got to enjoy.

Carter White in 2008 when he graduated from Sea Crest School.

Carter in Third Grade

Carter in Mrs. Bybee’s Third Grade class in 2002.

Today, after nine productive years, he is back in the same classroom! A lot has changed, the furniture was recently updated and the classroom fully transformed in a flexible learning space. He is still enjoying that classroom, but now from a different perspective: assisting one of his favorite teachers, Ms. Bybee.

After Sea Crest, Carter attended Half Moon Bay High School and studied Physiological Sciences at UCLA. He graduated last year, worked as an EMT in LA, and is waiting to go to graduate school in August at Tufts University School of Medicine. In the meantime, he wanted to do something productive and decided to volunteer on a regular basis at our school.

“I’ve always loved working with kids and want to go into pediatrics”, said Carter. “I’m really excited about coming back and helping Ms. Bybee. I know the kids also get a lot out of it. They get even more attention, more one-on-one time […] I love Sea Crest. I loved my time here. A lot of the teachers are still here. It’s a great school and a lot bigger now.”

Carter will be assisting the third grade classrooms until the end of this school year when he goes to medical school in Boston. We are very proud of the successful young man he has become. We would also like to thank him for thinking of us to volunteer. He is having a good time and the children, too. They are lucky to have such a wonderful role model in the classroom. Thank you, Carter! Good luck in your new endeavors!


Student Wins 2nd at State Science Fair

Congratulations to Sixth Grade student Olivia Cevasco, who placed second at the California State Science Fair. She now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS Competition.

Olivia was honored for her submission to the Microbiology (Medical) Junior Division, in which she determined that Staphylococcus bacteria is resistant to human tears. If you’d like to read more about Olivia’s project, “Healing Tears,” click here.

The Half Moon Bay Review also published an article about her experience:

A local sixth-grader’s science fair project will now move on to the national competition level after placing second in its category at the California State Science Fair last week.

Sea Crest School student Olivia Cevasco took home a medal in the medical microbiology category for “Healing Tears.” For her project, she tested how well tears could kill bacteria against several known antibacterial treatments. She found that Bactine was most successful at killing staphylococcus aureus. Cevasco also found that human tears didn’t work at all.

By winning second place at the state fair, held May 23-24 at the University of Southern California, Cevasco now qualifies for the national Broadcom MASTERS (math, applied science, technology and engineering for rising starts) Competition. In that contest, hundreds of top projects in the country are whittled down to 300, then to the top 30.

“Olivia is now looking forward to applying to this national fair, so she will be busy for sure!” mother Lilia Cevasco wrote in an email to the Review.

Cevasco was one of two Coastside students to go to the state fair. Cunha Intermediate School eighth-grader Sonya Cullen’s project “Ghost Fishing,” on alternatives to cotton twine for crab traps qualified but did not place among the winners.

Cullen wrote in an email that attending the state fair was “one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

“I am very proud to have made it that far,” she wrote. “I met many teens like myself that enjoy science and want to pursue STEM-related careers.”

8th Grade Student Honored by City for Leadership

In a ceremony on May 3rd, Eighth Grade student Thomas Hurrell received the City of Half Moon Bay 8th Grade Leadership Award. This award is granted to one Middle School student in the city who exemplifies work ethic, community service, and citizenship.

“I wasn’t expecting an award of any sort, and I was grateful,” says Thomas. “I am always thinking about how I can make a difference, and I think organizing is my strong point. I take on leadership roles because I enjoy them.”

Thomas is a First Rank Boy Scout, which means he is halfway to his goal of becoming an Eagle Scout. He volunteers at Table of Plenty in Half Moon Bay, a weekly supper for struggling families on the coastside.

“On the first Thursday of every month, we serve low-income families and homeless individuals in a restaurant setting. I’ve done that for the past three years at the senior center down the street from Sea Crest,” says Thomas. “I also enjoy volunteering at Mariners Church, where I help run tech for them in the summer.”

Thomas is a member of the cross country team and was one of the top runners at the recent Scholarship Run for tuition assistance. He also plays tennis and has participated in the Sea Crest leadership elective.

“Thomas can always be counted on to do the right thing,” says Michelle Giacotto, Director of Learning and Teaching. “He leads by example, and he does it in unassuming ways. He steps up quietly, and we’re glad to see him receiving this recognition.”

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