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The Blood of Ziquar: a novel by Tilden student Esme Cammarata

5 Dec


Esme Cammarata, a middle school student at Tilden’s Albany campus, has written a novel, The Blood of Ziquar. The teaser is sure to excite the curiosity of any fan of fantastic tales:

Long ago, a man named Ziquar brought magic into the world. He gifted his six children with shards of a gem, that, when united, would bring its wielder unspeakable power. Two people are on a quest for this gem. One–a madman, a murderer. The other, a young boy, by the name of Evan. In a world where magic is just as real as the dangers, who will live? And whose blood will be spilled?

The novel is available in paperback and for Kindle at Esme’s website and

Declaration: a Poem

21 Oct


A poem by Laurel Nelson
10th grade student at Tilden – Albany

This is my declaration
Not of independence,
But dependence
I depend on you
And you on me
And everyone on each other
And you can’t change that with words
Or deeds
You have touched every other person’s hand at least once
No matter how far apart
No matter the intermediaries
And you have returned that back
And no one will ever know

No one will ever know
How much we depend on one another
So I declare to the world:
Every problem is everyone’s problem
Yours are mine
And mine are yours
I cannot speak for everyone else
Truth being variable, and perspective dangerous
But we all know one thing about ourselves for which we would be persecuted
One thing we hide, consciously or unconsciously
Or one thing we cannot hide
Something inside the mind, denied but impossible to suppress
Or something on the surface, a badge of pride or shame
(Or, not xor)
That is dangerous in the wearing whichever way you wear it
Neither is a person’s sole defining factor
Neither is the thing about a person they may consider most important
But somehow, that is the only thing others see.

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The Jazzy Journal: a Tilden student’s newsletter

10 Oct
Jasmine “Jazzy” Dana, a 9th grade student at Tilden’s Walnut Creek campus, is putting her writing and research skills to use through the production of a regular newsletter, the Jazzy Journal, with her English teacher, Kelsey. Please enjoy the 2nd issue of the Jazzy Journal!

Tilden Student Impresses Pop Star, Shawn Mendes, with her ASL skills!

10 Aug

Last year, Julia Villano, a student at Tilden’s Walnut Creek campus, performed the song, Never Be Alone by Shawn Mendes, using only American Sign Language (which she, of course, learned at Tilden!)

We just found out that Julia had a chance to meet Shawn Mendes and show him her video. Naturally, he loved it!

We are so proud of Julia and impressed with not only her skills in American Sign Language, but also her confidence to show the world what she can do, and share her translation with the original artist.

Jun 13, 2015

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Summer 2016

Shawn Mendes and Julia Villano

Students Don’t Want War

23 May

Tilden Prep students were recently interviewed by fellow student Laurel Nelson who organized the video for the “Voices for Peace” channel. Click the video above to watch it!