Being a leader requires us to leave our comfort zone, to bravely enter into the arena and risk using our voices to work on behalf of others. This year, four students, nominated by their peers in our Nova Youth Choir, are taking on that challenge as our 2021-22 Nova Leadership Team: 7th grader Prathana Pandey, 10th grader Coco Harrison, 11th grader Joaquin Pellegrin-Alvarez and 11th grader Nai Trawick. Nai is also our Youth Representative on the Cantare Board of Directors.

Before rehearsals began, the Leadership Team met to plan out logistics such as safety procedures and to organize music, folders, and name tags. They created a new incentive point system and planned out community building activities to help nurture a positive group culture. It was inspiring to hear them take ownership for upholding the values of inclusivity and excellence that have defined Nova since the group began in 2009.