CUE-NV and CCSD’s PDE Department will host a free training, “Tech Tools for Administrators,” on June 7 at Bob Miller Middle School and June 8 at Molasky Middle School. Both events will begin at 7:15 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Attendees may choose one of the trainings or attend both days. To register, go to Pathlore and search “techtools.” For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
Star Graduate Justin Lewis of Sandy Valley High School is a determined, self-reliant individual who has a goal of becoming a mechanic.
Justin entered his sophomore year of high school at Sandy Valley with challenges that would have deterred other students. He partnered with community members and staff to remain in school to earn necessary credits for graduation.
His perseverance and hard work are an inspiration to everyone who knows him.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Justin Lewis of Sandy Valley High School!
Green Valley High School Star Graduate Isabel Madrid was enrolled in honors classes and earned a 3.9 GPA. One of her teachers said, “Isabel is a great part of class. She’s intelligent and inquisitive, she asks good questions and shows a genuine interest in what we do in class.”
Beyond her academic achievements, Isabel was a member of Student Council and served as senior class president.
While at GVHS, she competed on the women’s soccer team, women’s flag football team and the women’s track and field team, earning a total of 11 varsity letters. One of her coaches described her as “extremely competitive, dedicated to the program and an excellent athlete.”
Isabel has accepted a soccer scholarship at Cal State Monterey Bay, where she will study environmental science.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Isabel Madrid of Green Valley High School!
Desert Oasis High School Star Graduate Christopher Bott is a paragon of academic achievement. He is an inspiration to others, as he embodies a rare confluence of aptitude and hard work.
Chris was valedictorian at DOHS, sporting a perfect 4.8 GPA along with a lofty ACT composite score. His academic achievement was unmatched, yet he is grounded with humility and grace.
Chris was in student government throughout his high school career, and was instrumental in leading the student body as an elected officer. He still found time to volunteer within his community. He tutored DOHS students in math after school and also assisted elementary students at Stuckey Elementary School.
Chris represents a combination of brilliance, diligence and selflessness. This fall, he plans to attend USC.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Christopher Bott of Desert Oasis High School!
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Star Graduate Robert Nailen of Centennial High School has continuously worked hard to improve his life while being in the foster care system. Due to his age, he hasn’t always had the opportunity to be placed with a family, and has spent much time with the foster care facility as his home.
Robert worked hard and maintained a GPA above 3.0. Additionally, he was instrumental in developing kindness activities at Centennial. He was often seen helping fellow students with conflict resolution.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Robert Nailen of Centennial High School!
Star Graduate Yednkachew “Yed” Assefa of Valley High School is an amazing young man who has accomplished many things academically. Yed was selected for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, and as such, he took the most challenging classes available at Valley High School. He earned a 4.713 weighted GPA and is ranked 6th out of 664 students.
Yed’s extracurricular activities demonstrated his commitment to his school and his community. Yed served as president of both the National Honor Society and the Black Student Union. Through these organizations, he participated in volunteer work and in civic causes. He takes great pride in his Ethiopian and Eritrean culture and was a founding member of the Ethiopian Students Association.
Yed is also fluent in his heritage language, Amharic. He taught himself to read and write in that language.
Yed hopes to make a change in the world by increasing the representation of persons of color in the STEM field. He also hopes to return to Africa and support STEM students and their academic ambitions.
Yed plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania and was recently selected as a Gates Scholar.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Yednkachew “Yed” Assefa of Valley High School!
Northwest CTA 2018 graduate Taylor Kloos has earned the National Speech & Debate Association’s Academic All American Award. This coveted award recognizes academic rigor, competitive speech and debate success, and personal excellence. From more than 141,000 student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 1,000 students nationwide earn the Academic All American Award every year. This tremendous accomplishment places Taylor among the top one percent of all student members across the country. This distinguished award recognizes students who have completed at least five semesters of high school; earned the degree of Superior Distinction in our Honor Society; achieved rigorous criteria for GPA and/or test score requirements; and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership. For more information, call Joshua Symmonds at NWCTA, (702) 799-4640.
As part of Vegas PBS’ dedication to provide educational resources to underserved communities through its Ready To Learn Community Collaborative for Early Learning and Media (CC-ELM) grant, a new PBS KIDS play area has been installed at the Las Vegas Urban League, 2470 N. Decatur Blvd. This is the fifth PBS KIDS Play Area installed by Vegas PBS. The newest play area is equipped with PBS KIDS themed interactive toys, books and information regarding free technological resources promoting STEM learning, entering the workforce and other parenting resources.
Vegas PBS previously installed four other PBS KIDS Play Areas in Las Vegas:
• Consulate of Mexico, 823 S. Sixth Street
• Consulate of El Salvador, 765 N. Nellis Blvd.
• Legal Aid of Southern Nevada, 725 E. Charleston Blvd.
• Las Vegas Urban League, 3320 E. Flamingo Road
For more information, call Vegas PBS at (702) 799-1010.
Star Graduate Vanessa Kasminoff of Nevada Learning Academy is a Salutatorian with a 4.432 GPA, and graduated with an Advanced Honors diploma and high honors.
Vanessa is a personable and motivated young woman who excelled in a rigorous online program. Her communication and writing skills are exceptional.
In addition to her academics, Vanessa also held the secretary position for NVLA’s National Honor Society for two years.
Vanessa loves spending time with her family; she has an older sister and three younger brothers for whom she frequently serves as babysitter.
She will continue her studies at the College of Southern Nevada where she plans to major in accounting before moving on to complete her bachelor’s degree at UNLV. Her career goal is to become a lawyer.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Vanessa Kasminoff of Nevada Learning Academy!
Legacy High School Star Graduate Shanya Espy is a conscientious young woman who worked extremely hard to overcome obstacles in her path toward success.
Throughout her high school experience, Shanya worked tirelessly to achieve personal goals in addition to participating in programs to benefit others.
She acted as a student ambassador for the Legacy Project, which focuses on student leadership and community service. She was also a teen leader for the City of Las Vegas Batteries Included program. Shanya also served as a member of the Black Student Union (BSU) and participated in Metro’s Explorer Program.
Shanya will attend Grambling University, majoring in Mass Communications.
Congratulations to Star Graduate Shanya Espy of Legacy High School!