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Hamlin Student on American Ninja Warrior Junior

An accomplished artist and singer, Grade 8 student Abbie is also an avid climber. She was recently contacted by American Ninja Warrior Junior to compete on the premiere of the show, a spin-off of the popular obstacle course-based reality television show created in Japan. We had a chance to talk with her about climbing and the show.

What do you like about climbing?

It’s really fun. It is a challenge to figure out the climb, to envision what you want to do, then try to execute.

What do you like about Hamlin’s climbing program?

It’s great that Hamlin has a climbing program, not many schools have climbing walls. It is really cool how we learn to belay and mock lead climb.

What was it like being on television?

It was a new experience being on TV. It made me nervous racing against another competitor, that is not something I’d ever done before.

How long will you continue climbing for?

I want to do competitive climbing for as long as I can. I want to do it in college.

The San Francisco Chronicle did a piece Abbie. You can read it here: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/SF-teen-to-star-on-first-ever-American-Ninja-13303293.php

Abbie’s episode airs on 10/27. You can learn more here: https://www.universalkids.com/shows/american-ninja-warrior-junior


Hamlin Students Host 2nd Annual Girls Film Festival

For the second year in a row, Hamlin students Ella, Maggie, Charlotte and Caitlin took the stage in Noe Valley to welcome films and filmmakers from all over the world. This year’s event had movies submitted by girls from Croatia, Germany, India, and Canada (among others). 240 people were in attendance to enjoy short films made by girls 14 years and under.

Indigo, a Grade 8 Hamlin student opened the show with her film Not on the Screen that confronts stereotypes and the lack of ethnic diversity in Hollywood. Another highlight was guest speaker and filmmaker Samantha Grant, who urged the audience to have courage, take risks, show your soul, and put your work out there. San Francisco Supervisor Jeff Sheehy presented the Noe Valley Girls Film Festival team with a certificate of honor signed by the entire Board of Supervisors, acknowledging their contribution to the community.

Establishing such a successful film festival is quite an endeavor. The girls raised over $4,000 from bake sales; cold called real estate businesses to gain sponsors, designed t-shirts, formatted films, and maintained ongoing communication with both filmmakers and judges.

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