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Star Graduates 2019 – Morris Sunset East High School

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Brigitte Molina started Morris Sunset East High School as a slightly rebellious sophomore. She had bad experiences at her previous school. Constant bullying and being told that she would never accomplish anything or graduate pushed her into a state of depression and constant anxiety. She gave up on life at one point, quitting school and falling deeper into depression.

With support from her mother, she enrolled into Morris Sunset in the fall of 2018. Already on track, it was easy to develop a plan of action for Brigitte to advance and complete high school within three years.

It was her drive, ambition and being a bit of a rebel that made her push herself to take additional classes in APEX so that she could complete high school within two years. Not shying away from her mental illness, Brigitte continues with therapy as needed. She has truly been a trailblazer in her short time at Morris Sunset, accomplishing what very few have been able to do in a year. We are overjoyed and proud to have Brigitte as a Morris Sunset graduate.

Graduation Schedule, Use #CCSDGOESTO

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Congratulations, Class of 2019! Clark County School District (CCSD) is promoting graduation on all social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) platforms.  We are proud of our students because graduation is a big milestone.

CCSD would like to know where seniors are going after graduation, whether it is college, military, or technical school. Use hashtag #CCSDGoesTo on social media to let us know your plans. Share a picture.

All CCSD high schools, parents, students and the whole community are encouraged to participate.

The CCSD Class of 2019 graduation ceremonies are from May 23 – 30, 2019. Click here for the full schedule.

Star Graduate 2019 – Mojave High School

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Mojave High School is proud to nominate Joshua McFarling-Kelly as its 2019 Star Graduate. While at Mojave, Josh has participated in many activities during his four years, including baseball, tennis, JROTC and drama.

Josh described his experience at Mojave this way, “Within the past four years of attending Mojave High School, I’ve accomplished many things, such as participating in multiple sports and after-school academic activities. My freshmen year began with the path of unexpected leadership. Till this day, I will honor it. From that point on, I’ve created a reputation at Mojave that I truly believe will last forever. Ms. Sarah Sheppeck and Mr. John Campbell (the theatre advisors my freshmen year) allowed me to express myself in ways that have never wavered, and allowed others to appreciate my true character. Before high school, if you asked me what I was doing in class, I honestly couldn’t even tell you. I’m not perfect–trust me. I flunked seventh grade. And when I was held back, I barely passed the second time. When I say that Mojave and its staff improved my life, it clearly shows. I’ve won several awards, from the Rattler Award to being nominated Class of 2019’s Most School Spirited Male. But the biggest thing I accomplished are the friendships. I’ve learned how to approach people and make them feel welcomed.”

After graduation, Josh plans to attend the College of Southern Nevada, and wants to be an actor, film director and screenwriter.

Congratulations to Josh McFarling-Kelly on being Mojave’s 2019 Star Graduate!

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NWCTA Student Ananya Sahiba Dewan Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

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Northwest Career & Technical Academy student Ananya Sahiba Dewan has been named a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar among 161 high school seniors in the nation.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, and leadership.

“On behalf of all Nevada educators, I would like to offer our congratulations and let these outstanding students know how proud we are of them,” said Jhone Ebert, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “It is wonderful that these students are being recognized nationally for their hard work.”

The 2019 ceremony will be held June 23, each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

For more information, click here.

Star Graduates 2019 – CSN High School South

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Melissa Martin Martinez was admitted to the competitive and rigorous College of Southern Nevada High School program, after having arrived in the United States three years earlier with refugee status. She joined the school’s Student Council right off the bat, and became a dedicated member.

During her junior year, she suffered and overcame serious ongoing health issues, going months without telling anyone at school what she was going through, worried that people would doubt her capability if they knew. She eventually learned to utilize her resources and to self-advocate, and she continues to prove herself as an enthusiastic and devoted student.

Melissa has an innate sweetness surrounding a core of strength. She wants to spend her life building structures to help struggling communities all over the world make their lives better.

She will be pursuing a degree in architecture at Woodbury University in the fall.

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Star Graduate 2019 – Boulder City High School

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Boulder City High School is proud to announce Taylor Cunningham as its Class of 2019 Star Graduate.

Never one to shy away from an academic opportunity or challenge, Taylor is a valedictorian candidate with a perfect 4.8 grade point average, an AP Scholar with Honor and scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT.

Taylor has the keen ability to manage the pursuit of academia, while maintaining the capacity to relate to her peers. She is not just the head of her class, she’s a three-year varsity cheerleader serving as captain for the past two years, and a four-year varsity track athlete.

Further, Taylor is a member of National Honor Society, Aquila Chapter, where she has served as president this past year, a member of the BCHS Interact Club and a tireless volunteer with over 400 hours of community service.

Taylor will attend Pepperdine University next year, where she will major in biology with a pre-medical emphasis, and be a member of the Waves Cheer Squad.

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Star Graduate 2019 – Western High School

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In 2017, Jacob Ramirez-Morales experienced the natural disaster that changed his life forever, “Hurricane María.” After a month of struggle, he was fortunate enough to migrate from Puerto Rico in the pursuit of a better life.

Jacob had missed so many days of school in Puerto Rico; they summed up to 2 months. He planned to enroll into high school once the opportunity arose. Jacob had always dreamt of graduating in a high school in the U.S.; he stated, “Who knew it would have become a reality this way.”

During his first day at Western High School, Jacob felt welcomed by students and staff. His chemistry teacher, Mr. Macfarlane, truly believed in him. He was introduced into more rigorous and challenging classes by the staff. Jacob feels that thanks to the dedication of the staff, his senior year includes: Advanced Placement, Honors and dual enrollment classes at College of Southern Nevada’s HVAC program.

This long journey led Jacob to graduate with a College and Career Readiness Diploma, and he is proud to say that he will be graduating in white. His journey continues, as he has been accepted into the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Not even a Hurricane can stop him from chasing his dreams!

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Clark HS Students Named Pete Conrad Scholars

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Students at Ed W. Clark High School were recognized as Pete Conrad Scholars, the top award in The Conrad Challenge, a multi-phase STEM and entrepreneurship competition inspired by the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut Pete Conrad.

Michele Hernandez and her student team, VapeMate: Jaiden Reddy, Deven Reddy, Shivam Saran, Rishi Saran and Tanush Saranwere were named Pete Conrad Scholars in the Smoke-Free World: United States category at The Conrad Challenge Innovation Summit last week at Kennedy Space Center on April 23-26.

The student team created VapeMate, a mobile application that can track, quantify, substantiate, and prevent vaping through an attachment that fits right onto an e-cigarette and a mobile application that records, processes, and displays data on e-cigarette use for the user.

The VapeMate team received an all-expense paid trip to Catania, Italy to meet a Foundation for a Smoke-Free World grantee who is researching tobacco harm reduction.

For more information about the Challenge and Summit, click here.

Star Graduate 2019 – Laughlin

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Sometimes, people will grow up with hardships in their life, and it will shape them in an adverse way. Then you meet someone who develops, grows and matures because of their difficult situation. Haley Artinger is that person.

She has every reason to be mad at others, to blame “the system, the man, society” and all the other typical things people blame when they have struggles in life. Instead, she pushes through her day-to-day pains to improve; choosing not to let adversity define her, but rather use those struggles as a stairstep to find success.

To be around her is to be in awe of a sweet spirit, the desire to be the best and a compassion that is infectious. The maturity she displays makes her a stand-out leader, which is part of the reason she was chosen as the Vice President of Theatre and the Secretary of Choir.

Haley has a desire to stay in the fine arts field and has already been accepted to Southern Utah University with scholarships. Whether she chooses to attend the university or not, her future is bright and will be filled with success because she knows that one should not be afraid of a caterpillar, as it will become a beautiful butterfly.

It is with great honor that Laughlin Senior High School selects Miss Haley Artinger as its Star Graduate. Look out world, Haley is on her way!

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Fashion Forward 2019 – Rancho Fashion Students Shine

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Rancho High School Fashion III and Fashion AS students participated in the final round of the Junior League of Las Vegas Fashion Forward Competition at Brooklyn Bowl. Students worked all year to produce and show garments fitting this year’s theme, “Hollywood Leading Ladies.” At the end of the fashion show, the judges identified the top eight designs from the 63 participants; three of those top spots were awarded to Rancho students.

Leslie was awarded “Best Use of Fabric” and Valyncia was awarded “Best Interpretation of Theme” for her Halle Berry design. The biggest award of the year went to Moises Bravo for his four piece suit inspired by Diana Ross.  Moises’ prize package included a cash award, an internship through the Cosmopolitan, a trip to New York City to tour fashion houses, and a sewing machine.

Fashion Forward is a unique design challenge for Clark County high school students, patterned after the popular TV show, Project Runway. Fashion Forward aims to enhance the education of local design and fashion students and gives aspiring designers the opportunity to showcase their designs in a public setting.

Thank you to Ms. Burns and all of our community partners for helping our students shine in this competition. Be sure to check out all of the finalists’ designs at a lunch time fashion show taking place at Rancho High School on Friday, May 10th.