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Star Graduates 2020 – Southeast Career & Technical Academy

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On behalf of Southeast Career and Technical Academy (SE Tech) we would like to recognize Daniela Pedraza Orenday as our 2020 CCSD STAR Graduate.

Daniela Pedraza Orenday, who is a Valedictorian Candidate, at SE Tech has been an outstanding leader for our campus and community. She is a member of the National Honors Society, and Society of Latinos (SOL) at SE Tech. Daniela enjoy’s volunteering and helping children immerse into the life of reading.

Most recently Daniela was selected as a candidate for QuestBridge, a program that recognizes students for their hard work and ability to overcome hardships.

Daniela’s road to success has come with some tough life challenges, yet she continues to persevere and succeed with her education. Daniela will attend UNLV in the fall where she will pursue Computer Engineering with the intention to accelerate the world’s transition to a sustainable lifestyle. SE Tech High School wishes Daniela Pedraza Orenday a lifetime of continued success and is proud to have been part of her journey.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Sandy Valley High School

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At 16, London had given up on dreaming. He was in a life with a mother suffering mental illness, and a father with no ability to care for himself. Forced to leave high school, London was made to play the role of caretaker, homemaker, and parent to his younger brother. Never being allowed to contact the outside world to seek help London had no idea how to plan for his future & wondered, “why bother?, for this will be my life forever”, so he just withdrew from society. In 2018, his father passed away London and his younger brother found a foster family.

When joining his new family they discovered that London had little ability to communicate, to speak, and suffered with anxiety attacks and agoraphobia. He just had no social skills or ambition for his future. It was very obvious to his new family that to open his eyes to life there was work to be done!

In his new home he immediately found the support and love he needed. He no longer had to wear the weight of the anchor of the family. He was free to be a teen and was free to explore. When he re-enrolled in high school he discovered he loved to learn new things. It took no time for him to make up for those lost high school years. He is and remains an “A” student. With an enthusiasm highly lit, he brings joy to his teachers as they look forward to engage him in every class. He is a human sponge, spend more than 5 minutes with him he will soak up all he can get you to share.

London volunteers for every task and program. It soon became obvious that London has natural leadership skills. Last year London was chosen to attend Camp Anytime, a leadership camp for a select few high school students. In 2018 and 2019 he received four scholarships to other leadership camps and was invited to return as Leadership Counselor.

His new family wanted to expose London to everything. They would pack up and travel in an instant if it would provide London a chance to discover the world anew. With each trip his eyes opened more. His anxiety dissipated and London started having lots to say & he wants to see the world. After an impressive trip to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD London finally knew what he wanted to become. He is going to join the Navy.

To prepare him for a life in the Navy he joined the US Naval Sea Cadets and devoted weekends training at Nellis AFB.

The school London attends has no classes on Friday. While many teens considered this a free day to play, London and his brother devoted every Friday volunteering at St. Rose Hospital. With a natural curiosity and pension for being eager to help his Supervisor gave him the opportunity to serve in various departments. It was while devoting almost 300 hours London knew he wanted to enter the field of Medicine.

When London graduates, he will become a Navy Reservist, while attending CSN in order to begin his course study leading to his desire to become a Nurse Practitioner and eventually full time Naval Officer.

London has shed his fears. Just ask him, he will give you a quarterly detail of his 5 year plan. In 2025 get ready world to salute Lt. London O.L Forrester….. but first he gets to celebrate his graduation on a World Cruise with his adopted family. Happy Grads London!–

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Star Graduates 2020 – Mission High School

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Carlie Pachinger has made an indelible impression on Mission High School, and her VW Beetle tracks have blazed a trail worth celebrating.

As a freshman, Carlie admittedly did not see a bright future for herself. Her personal struggles had led her astray; the first semester of her freshman year, she frequently ditched classes and hung out with a destructive crowd.

Thankfully, something shifted when she transferred to Mission High School. Carlie began to heal from her past, using her experiences to help her peers. Academically, Carlie discovered her talent for reading, writing, and science; now graduating a year early!

We will never forget when the fiercely individualistic, natural-born leader belted out a jaw-dropping, operatic “Ave Maria” in an impromptu talent show.

Carlie’s spirited drive to better herself and help others will be an asset at Nevada State College and wherever else life takes her. The Mission family wishes our Star Graduate continued success and inspiration!

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Star Graduates 2020 – Desert Pines High School

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Dalia Rosas-Perez is an amazing student who has risen to the challenges of being a low-income First Generation High School Graduate and a member of the LGBTQ+ community to graduate first in her class. As a leader in the Video Production Program at Desert Pines Magnet Academy, Dalia loves the challenge, creativity, and growth that CTE, AP, and Honors level classes offer her. While at Desert Pines High School, Dalia has a 4.8 GPA, has taken 11 AP classes, and is recognized as an AP Scholar by College Board. She will also graduate with the Seal of Biliteracy and CTE Certification. She has served as President of the Desert Pines National Honors Society Chapter, President of SkillsUSA, Producer of our weekly Jaguar News Network student news program, and was part of the Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. Dalia is a QuestBridge Scholar and won a full-ride scholarship to Oberlin College in Ohio where she will be studying Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Dalia is an inspiring, motivated, and hard-working student who will continue to make her mark in the world.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Las Vegas Academy of Arts

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Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Star Graduate, Airius Fa’afiu, uses her artistic talents to benefit Las Vegas with community service and starting her own business. As a 2D design major, Airius uses a combination of media in my art. She plans to attend UNLV Honors College in the fall, majoring in Biological Sciences.

One of her most successful accomplishments was managing a significant community service project this year. “I had always had the idea to collaborate with homeless artists and hold an art gallery to give back to the artists. “Home is Where The Art is” was a success as we held a gallery of about 20 artworks. We sold all of the pieces earning over $1000 and received numerous donations of food and clothing. The project was later recognized by PublicServiceNV with a Gratitude Award in the category of Human Kindness.”

Maintaining a 4.7 weighted GPA, Airius explained a recurring challenge she faces is balancing good grades in rigorous courses, growing a successful business in her art brand, community service, household responsibilities, and maintaining a healthy emotional and physical lifestyle. She is supported by a great system of friends and family that helps her to keep balance.

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CCSD Expands Mobile Internet Access for Students in Need

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The Clark County School District (CCSD) has added an additional route to the Wi-Fi bus schedule announced earlier this month. Along with the 14th Wi-Fi bus route, CCSD has relocated some of the stops on existing routes to better serve students throughout Clark County. The changes will take effect on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

An updated list of bus stop locations and times can be found by clicking here. Additional information about the Wi-Fi for Students program is available at transportation.ccsd.net.

Previous Release – Provided on Friday, May 1, 2020

The Clark County School District (CCSD) will begin testing a system for Wi-Fi access at various locations throughout the Las Vegas valley on Friday, May 1, 2020, via school buses that will be parked at different locations along designated routes.

CCSD Transportation has established 13 bus routes that will operate daily allowing students access to Wi-Fi at designated times. Each bus route will include four stops daily to provide more than an hour of Wi-Fi access to CCSD students at each location. The routes will operate from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.

Students will be able to access the Wi-Fi signal up to 400 feet from the bus. CCSD will encourage social distancing practices as adherence to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines will be critical to the success of the program. Each bus will also be equipped with signs encouraging students and parents to follow the CDC guidelines for social distancing and encouraging people to wear masks in public. Those who have Wi-Fi access in their homes are being asked to stay in their homes and utilize their own connectivity to further assist with social distancing.

For internet access, students will need to get the network name and password from the signs posted on or near the bus.

CCSD has already distributed more than 60,000 Chromebooks to students during the school closures in an effort to offer equitable access to distance learning opportunities to every child. Students in need of a computer to access student learning extensions and other educational opportunities should contact their school to request a device.

Students in need of technical assistance at the mobile Wi-Fi locations can contact the District Technology helpline at (702) 799-2988.

Maps and a list of the Wi-Fi bus stop locations and times is available by clicking here. Media outlets seeking photos of the Wi-Fi equipped buses may obtain them by clicking here.

For more information about CCSD, visit ccsd.net.

Star Graduates 2020 – College of Southern Nevada High School (East)

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I am pleased to recommend Isaac Garcia as CSN East High School’s Star Grad. I have only known this student for a few months as the previous counselor left in September. However, in the short time Isaac has distinguished himself at the College of Southern Nevada High School. I feel Issac embodies all that is good about young people today: dedication, passion and determination.

As a result of his tenacity, he has developed very clear educational and vocational goals. He has great vision and can be seen almost as an “old soul, wise beyond his years”. Isaac aspires to be a photojournalist and even has a job as a photoshop instructor for other kids. Along with this job, Isaac also works as a host at a local restaurant, does various community service projects as well as being involved with sports; specifically cross-country and track & field placing at the state level. In an effort to achieve these goals, the rigorous dual credit college preparatory high school program that is the College of Southern Nevada High School, has proven that Isaac can be successful in a college environment. He currently garners a 3.0 college GPA along with carrying a 4.0 weighted high school GPA.

To view more Class of 2020 CCSD Star Grads, click here.

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Star Graduates 2020 – Legacy High School

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Legacy High School is proud to recognize Shariesa Smith as our Star Graduate for 2020. Shariesa consistently set an exceptional example for others to follow and exemplified what it means to leave a Legacy. In addition to maintaining a rigorous academic schedule of Advanced Placement courses throughout her four years at Legacy, she devoted time toward various school and community-based organizations. She currently serves as the President for the Jobs for Nevada’s Graduates, City of Las Vegas Batteries Included, and Legacy Project programs.

In addition to utilizing these experiences to develop personal leadership skills, Shariesa served as a positive role model and assisted up and coming students. As the Vice President of the Black Student Union (BSU), Shariesa dedicated numerous hours in order to make positive contributions to the school’s overall climate and culture.Shariesa served as a student representative for the School Organizational Team and provided meaningful input from a student perspective. To quote Shariesa, “Attending Legacy opened so many doors which allowed me to get involved with the community and become a leader within my school. Now I can leave a legacy so that other students can follow my footsteps.”

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Star Graduates 2020 – College of Southern Nevada High School (South)

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During her Junior year, Annabella’s family experienced an extreme tragedy. Her father took his own life in October 2019. Three months later, her mother also passed away. She and her four siblings struggled to cope with the enormous grief and loss of their parents while also attempting to navigate all of the legalities and financial burdens that came with it. As a student, somehow, Annabella continued to excel in our rigorous dual credit program. She has also been a devoted member of our Student Council. She is incredibly self-aware and has never once played herself as a victim. She has a sweet and indomitable spirit that is an inspiration to her teachers and peers alike. I am so proud to have known her and gratified to have been able to support her in any small way through this challenging time.

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