By Regina Sanchez
Novato High is filled with remarkable and exceptional students.
Inspired by Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 list of the most accomplished entrepreneurs under 30 years of age, The Swarm now presents the first ever 18 under 18 list of some of the truly outstanding students at Novato High.
Alex Degreef (senior)
Alex has been accepted to the Academy of Art University. She has always enjoyed creating art throughout her life, but only started taking art classes during her freshman year. She considers charcoal to be her strongest style. She sees herself going into architecture.
Angela Asperer (sophomore)
From the age of 10, Angela has danced in the San Francisco Nutcracker Ballet. This annual performance exemplifies Angela’s talent and remarkable skills as a ballerina. “My aspirations in life are to always strive for perfection,” said Asperer. “I have to constantly remind myself to work with my imperfections because that’s how you become a unique dancer.”
Annika Sparrow (sophomore)
Annika is a currently an editorial and runway model signed to Stars Management. She was scouted two years ago when she was 14. She hopes to continue modeling as a career.
Bryson Silvestri (senior)
Bryson has been working on video production for about 4 years now, and specializes in the technical aspects such as lighting and sound. He was one of the creators of FAID Media alongside Ryan Pavone.
Charlie Rudy (junior)
Junior Charlie Rudy has been on the varsity lacrosse team since her freshman year. She is number 10 in the national ranking of players, and number two in the California ranking. She is only in her junior year of high school, but she has already been recruited to play lacrosse at the University of Colorado Boulder. Rudy has been one of the leaders during the Hornets lacrosse championship runs over the last two years.
Chloe Helton (senior)
Chloe is the author of A Thousand Eyes: A Novel of Elizabeth I, In God’s Name: A Novel of Joan of Arc and And The Stars Wept. She was only 11 years old when she wrote A Thousand Eyes. Her inspiration for the first novel came from a school project she had to do. Chloe’s books are historical fiction with female leads. “I think that in my writing I strive to bring history to life…especially women who were really powerful, courageous, fearless. They had really good stories to tell but they often get lost because we’re writing about war generals rather than their mistresses who spied for them,” said Helton. Chloe’s books In God’s Name and And The Stars Wept are available on Amazon.
Coral Kiefer (senior)
Coral’s main interest is to become a tattoo artist. She very recently received a full-ride four year scholarship to the Academy of Arts in San Francisco. “I’ve had an interest in art ever since I could hold a pencil.” It’s always been something in her.
Emily Yamaguchi (senior)
Not only has Emily had her art displayed in local galleries, but she also created a social media gallery for youth in art as her senior project. Shes has written small eposés about young artists because of the lack of representation of the youth in professional art. She’s also written exposés for more famous artists with an educational purpose. She had her paintings displayed in a final show at the Oxbow School of Arts, a UCLA Summer Exhibition, and a Near Future Ago group art show at Artworks in Downtown San Rafael. Emily will be attending UCLA this fall with a major in art.
Gwen Morris (freshman)
When she was just 13 years old, Gwen published her very own coloring book. She collaborated with The Hero Project, a foundation that helps parents improve their parenting. Since then, Gwen has improved with her art and is now in MSA Drawing and Painting.
Jason Carpenter (freshman)
This past year, Jason was the only freshman on the varsity boys basketball team. Despite only 2 MCAL wins, Jason excelled as a long-distance shooter and ball handler. Carpenter should be a key contributor for Hornets hoops throughout the next three years.
Lucy London (sophomore)
Lucy fell in love with the stage when she was only five years old. Since then, she has had extreme success in the theatre world. In her first year at MSA, London was awarded bronze for her solo performance at the Lenaea Theatre Festival out of 300 competitors. She hopes to continue a career in theatre.
Malaya Gibson (senior)
Malaya is choosing between California College of Arts in San Francisco, or RISD (Rhode Island School of Design). She has been painting for around eight years. She feels she is best with charcoal, colored pencil, and dry mediums. She hopes to continue with art as a career. “Maybe working for some type of corporation, like Disney,” said Gibson. “I’m interested in illustrating.” Her work has been displayed in both school and non-school shows.
Maxim Kalinkin (senior)
Maxim has made a name for himself by fixing people’s broken iPhone screens. Max purchases screens and then fixes people's cracked screens for a very inexpensive price. He also fixes phone batteries.
Molly Gibbons (junior)
Molly has been dancing at Marin Dance Theatre since she was six years-old. Not only is she an incredible dancer, but she also participates in MUN (Model United Nations), an educational simulation and academic competition. She has attended Berkeley MUN, Bruin MUN at UCLA, and National American Invitational MUN at Georgetown.
Paige Speer (junior)
Paige has been riding in Arabian horse shows since she was 11 years old. She has had massive success with her horse, The Jeweller (TJ). She has finished in the Top 10 in the national shows in each of the past four years. Together they have won 7 Regional Championships and 5 Reserve Regional Championships. She plans to take a respective break from horse shows during college, but continue afterward.
Rhett Martino (sophomore)
Rhett is currently running a fashion club sponsored by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), here on campus. The club began from his love of fashion and art. The club discuss trends and encourages members to express themselves through their fashion choices. They meet Thursdays in Mrs. Mancini’s art room.
Ryan Pavone (senior)
During his four years of high school, Ryan has been apart of MSA Film. He is currently starting his own production company, FAID Media, alongside classmate Bryson Silvestri. Their focus is to make marketing videos for local businesses.
Shannon Dugdale (senior)
Shannon was born with spina bifida, a spinal cord defect leaving her paralyzed from the waist down. However, for the last 11 years, the pool has been her sanctuary. She has been swimming for Novato High since her freshman year. She will be competing in the Canadian American Para-swimming championships this March.