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CCSD High Schools Sweep Regional Science Competition

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As reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Clark County public school students swept the top spots at a regional science competition, and a team from Clark High School will represent the area at nationals in April.” The R-J said, “Four students and an alternate from Clark High School won the 27th annual regional Nevada Science Bowl over the weekend.” The students on the winning team are Jay Desai, Brennan Ferrington, Ashish Kalakuntla, Jeff Luo and Alex Bean. The other CCSD schools in the top five spots were Coronado High School, Palo Verde High School and Rancho High School. Clark High School’s second team tied with Green Valley High School for fifth place.

American School Counselor Association Honors Bruner Elementary School

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The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has honored Bruner Elementary School as a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP). The RAMP designation, awarded for aligning with the criteria in the ASCA National Model, recognizes schools that are committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program and an exemplary educational environment.

This announcement coincides with National School Counseling Week, Feb. 5-9, sponsored by the ASCA to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors to students at school districts across the U.S.

According to the ASCA, “Judith Morton-Pelto is the hard-working outstanding school counselor at Bruner Elementary School who has shown her commitment to the students and the school counseling profession. Judy uses data to drive her program development and implementation so all students can achieve success.” The school will be officially honored during ASCA’s annual conference in Los Angeles on July 16, 2018.

Las Vegas Sun to Celebrate the Year in Local High School Sports

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To celebrate the year in local high school sports, the Las Vegas Sun will host its annual Sun Standout Awards on May 23 at the South Point. The awards ceremony is modeled after ESPN’s ESPY Awards. According to the Sun, “The black-tie optional event honors the top games, moments, teams, players and more with such awards as Male and Female Athlete of the Year, Scholar Athlete of the Year and Citizen of the Year.” Nominations are due April 13.

Hoggard Elementary to Hold Special Celebration for its 25th Anniversary as a Magnet School

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Mabel Hoggard Math and Science Magnet Elementary School will celebrate its 25th anniversary as a Magnet School on March 10 from 10-1. Mabel Hoggard was the first elementary Magnet School in the state and is celebrating this silver anniversary with a time to visit with former teachers and friends and tour the campus. There will be special guest speakers, entertainment and activities. To register for this event, visit For more information, call Stacey Scott-Cherry at (702) 799-4740.

Kindergartner Olivia Durham Goes Onstage with Katy Perry

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Josh Stevens Elementary School Kindergarten student Olivia Durham had the rare opportunity to go on stage with Katy Perry during the pop superstar’s Jan. 20 concert at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As seen in this video, the youngster commented to the audience about the the importance of kindness. Her mom, Tara Martin, said she became “teary-eyed” when she heard her daughter’s on-stage comments. (Video courtesy of Tara Martin.)

CCSD Schools to Compete in the Southern Nevada Mock Trial Competition Feb. 10

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Several CCSD high schools will take part in the Southern Nevada Mock Trial Competition, starting at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Regional Justice Center at 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas. Participating schools will include A-TECH, Canyon Springs High School, Clark High School, Coronado High School, Desert Oasis High School, Green Valley High School and Spring Valley High School. The Feb. 10 competition will determine what schools will take part in the State Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for March 2 and 3 at the Regional Justice Center. For more information, call State Bar of Nevada Law Related Education Coordinator Kathleen Dickinson at (702) 317-1408.