Nate, Athlete & Scholar

Class of 2021

An incredibly hard-working athlete and scholar, Nate Mulvaney is not only dedicated to his work and ambitions in life, but is also a kind and sincere friend, and an ally to his peers.


As a junior in high school, Nate strives to become a “Golden Scorpion,” which is an award and title given to seniors who participate in athletics for all 12 seasons of high school, have a 3.5 GPA or higher, and are nominated by coaches and the Athletic Director. Nate sees this as his ultimate short-term goal, as it is a huge challenge and, though he would likely be doing most of the activities anyways, he sees the Golden Scorpion as a “reinforcement” of his dedication to his achievements. 

Though most know that Nate can often be found playing sports or studying for classes, he is also an avid music enthusiast, listening to artists ranging from Katy Perry to Billy Joel, and not a day seems to go by without jamming to a song that got stuck in his head. One of the biggest challenges that Nate finds himself facing in his high school career is keeping himself up to the level that he expects himself to be, and managing all his time wisely, whilst reserving some time for self-growth and improvement. Nate wants to do his best to strive for the results that he wants not only in high school, but in life as well. “You can be someone who lets it go and is happy with being where you are, or you can have a goal in mind and do your best to get to that goal. I’m trying to be that second person.”

Nate wakes up at 6:49 every morning, so that he has one minute to lay in bed and then he gets up by 6:50. Next, he gets breakfast, and tries to be out the door and driving by 7:35 every morning. Occasionally, Nate will drive his siblings to school with him or, if his parents decide to take his siblings, he will go by himself. To add some extra energy to the start of his day, Nate will jam out to music in the car, be it pop from the 2000s, or more classic hits. Recently, Nate’s jams have been music like Rihanna, One Republic, and The Script. Upon arriving to school, Nate will hang out at school and get ready for his first class.

The Sage Ridge day is split into 6, 1-hour class blocks with a morning break and mid-day lunch placed evenly between. Students take 8 classes and drop 2 each day. 

8-9 AM | AP Language and Composition 
Using as its backdrop a survey of American literature from the colonial period to the present, AP Language and Composition examines the complex and manifold relationships among thought, language, and action as it pertains to the development of American culture. Reading authors such as Franklin, Douglass, Hawthorne, Emerson, Twain, Fitzgerald, and Ellison, students gain an understanding of the forces behind each literary period and the discourse between authors in successive generations. 

Nate, who is fond of reading and writing, enjoys AP English with Mr. Sloyan. Recently he has found himself enjoying the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne, as he finds them interesting and fun to explore. He found Emerson and Thoreau more difficult to read, but he still enjoyed the process of it and is looking forward to all the readings this year. 

9-10 AM | Study Hall
Nate’s first of two study halls, for which he is very grateful. On average, Nate should have about 3.5 hours of homework per night and, due to his busy schedule, the very notion of that is quite stressful. Nate works hard in this first study hall to try and limit the amount of homework that he will have to do later.

10-10:25 AM | Break
During break, Nate’s activities alternate. He tends to just wander around and “see where the day takes [him].” Occasionally he will study for an upcoming quiz or test, or sometimes just relax and talk to friends.

10:25-11:25 AM | AP United States History
The Advanced Placement U.S. History survey course covers American history from pre-contact to the present. Using chronological and thematic approaches to the material, the course exposes students to extensive primary and secondary sources and to the interpretations of various historians.

The history class that Nate has this year has been quite different to the other years, he notes. The fast-paced style of an AP class has been difficult to keep up with, but he enjoys the class and is interested in the various different topics that they study. He appreciates Dr. Sullivan’s classroom discussions, heavily based on participation.

11:25-12:25 AM | AP Calculus BC
AP Calculus BC is roughly equivalent to both first and second semester college calculus courses; it extends the content learned in AB to different types of equations and introduces the topic of sequences and series. - College Board

In his calculus class with Mr. Johnston, Nate is one of only 3 students. He really appreciates his teacher Mr. Johnston because, despite the difficulty of the class, Mr. Johnston makes it fun and interesting as well as educational. Nate appreciates the small size of the class, as there is room to stop and review any topics if someone is having difficulty understanding. Nate also enjoys calculus, as it provides “all the answers to the unanswered questions in math,”  and he finds it satisfying, as he had formed many questions in Pre-Calculus. 

12:25-1:15 PM | Lunch 
During lunch, Nate will usually have lunch in the loft, and then proceed to “throw the football around” with his friends, or occasionally do homework or study for any upcoming quizzes or tests. His activities during lunch usually depend on the day.

1:15 PM - 2:15 | Honors Chemistry
This course explores major themes in contemporary general chemistry with emphasis on the connection between seemingly abstract molecular interactions and human-scale, observable and often measurable processes.

Despite being warned previously about the difficulty of Chemistry, Nate finds the class not only interesting, but also enjoyable at times. In particular, Nate found dimensional analysis interesting because it was "satisfying and useful to convert a seemingly useless rate or number to something of significance." He understands the concepts and appreciates Dr. de Lancey’s straightforward style of teaching.

2:15 PM - 3:15 | AP Latin
AP Latin is designed to provide advanced high school students with a rich and rigorous Latin course, approximately equivalent to an upper-intermediate college or university Latin course. Students who successfully complete the course are able to read, understand, translate, and analyze Latin poetry and prose. 

Nate likes Dr. Simms and his style of teaching. Nate appreciates his “fun spirit” and his deep level of understanding for how best to prepare them for their AP exam. It is also more of an independent class, and Nate appreciates the responsibility that comes with it, so that they can focus on what they struggle with during class. AP Latin is the most difficult class for Nate, as it is hard to really decipher the correct way of approaching translation as “there is no person from Rome to make it easier.” The structure of Latin poetry is particularly difficult for Nate to navigate, and it takes a lot of work to do each line. Still, Nate perseveres.

Additional Classes
Two classes are dropped each day, but here is a glimpse at what else enriches Nate's experience:

Study Hall
Nate’s second study hall is Nate’s last chance to do homework before the day finishes, but also a chance to unwind if he feels like he has accomplished the majority of his homework, and thus he really appreciates the extra time.

Fitness Elective
Students will learn the basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Course includes both lecture and activity sessions. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behaviors in fitness, wellness, and movement activity for a lifetime.

Fitness class is one of Nate’s favorite parts of the day, as he really does love playing games and being active. It originally started as a wellness and health class, but has now transitioned to an active “Physical Education” like class, which Nate really appreciates. He gets to see a lot of his friends in that class, and “playing sports with your friends is about all you could want,” according to Nate.

After School
Though his after school activities do change, Nate is quite busy after school regardless of the day. Nate is participating in Sage Ridge Varsity Boys Soccer. He thinks that the team is doing well, as they have a winning record this year. He’s excited to move up to the 3A league, and he’s confident that, especially with the strength of the soccer players in this year's 11th grade class, they can even make it to postseason games. Practices are usually held after school from 3:30 - 4:45. Depending on the day, Nate will get home from school ranging from 3:30-5:30, after which he starts his homework immediately. On average, Nate has about 30 minutes to 1 hour of free time each day, but he is used to the busy lifestyle and it is manageable for him. On a typical day, Nate will go to bed at around 10pm, and he tries to stick to this schedule, as sleep is really important to him. Later throughout the year, Nate is planning on joining the Sage Ridge Scorpion basketball team, as well as the Scorpion swim team.

Weekend Activities and Extracurriculars
During the weekends and sometimes during the week, Nate participates in a club soccer team which mainly plays games in California, meaning he has to drive up to 8 hours each time they have a game. At the moment, his team, Nevada United ‘03 Boys coached by John Zebrack, is first in his league and one of the top 8 teams of Northern California, and ranked 4th in the Nation. Nate is very proud of how far the team has come over the years, and they’re “that one team from [Northern] Nevada that’s crushing it.” 

On top of his 2 different soccer teams, Nate is also doing athletic training sessions with his coach Max McManus, which he attends once a week. The training sessions are usually very intense, and usually filled with “grueling exercises” for an hour and ten minutes. Regardless, Nate does not shy away from the challenge and the rewards of hard work are obvious in his life. 

- Interviewed by Tessa Mendez-Leal ('21)

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