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.

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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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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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Star Graduates 2019 – Desert Pines High School

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Kayla Marshall is a senior at Desert Pines High School. She overcame the painful loss of her stepfather and the challenges of starting over with new friends to reach her goal of becoming the Class of 2019 valedictorian. Kayla has a GPA of 4.689, and has been awarded a full-ride scholarship to the Global Entrepreneurship Experience at the Lee Business School at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Kayla has been a very successful Academy of Communications Magnet student, with a double major in Sports and Entertainment Marketing and Radio Production. She participates in three Career and Technical Education student organizations: The Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). In DECA, she served as the president, and in FBLA, she was the class representative. She also serves as the vice president of the National Honor Society.

Additionally, Kayla participated in DPHS after-school athletic programs. She lettered in softball, was co-captain of her volleyball team, and was the wrestling manager in charge of stats, record keeping, arranging transportation and making announcements.

Kayla plans on going into the marketing field after graduation.

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Star Graduates 2019 – Veterans Tribute CTA

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Alexiz Jenkins is Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy’s 2019 Star Graduate! Alexiz is by far one of the most influential students on campus at VTCTA. Her desire to succeed is evident in every aspect of her life.

She excels academically, personally, socially and in the community. Alexiz is the founder and president of the Black Student Union. She organized a whole-school discussion about race and its importance in student identity as a means for improving the culture and climate on campus – a difficult discussion that Alexiz handled with grace and maturity.

Alexiz’s impact on campus cannot be overstated – she has worked to provide a safer, more accepting campus for all students since she first started with us. She plans to continue to work for social justice and equality as she attends Spelman College next year, and we have no doubt she will continue to positively impact the world.

Congratulations, Alexiz! We are so proud of you!

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Star Graduates 2019 – Arbor View High School

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Arbor View High School would like to nominate Kalvin Chan as our 2019 Star Graduate. When Kalvin arrived at Arbor View High School in ninth grade, he was determined to rank among the top students in his class. He has been successful in that endeavor.

Kalvin ranks ninth in a class of 755 students, and maintains a 4.7 weighted GPA. In striving for academic success, Kalvin also found opportunities to be a leader on campus. He currently serves as the president of the National Honor Society, and provides service to Arbor View and the community.

Beyond what Kalvin has accomplished academically, he stands out from other students due to his amazing kindness and generosity. Earlier in his life, Kalvin’s family faced financial hardship. Their circumstances prevented Kalvin from taking advantage of opportunities that the family could not afford. Kalvin expressed that he never wanted a student to miss out on an opportunity because of their inability to pay. In response to that, he created Threads for Change. This organization, run by students, solicits donations and awards money to students in need of help paying for school fees. In all of his hard work to establish this group, Kalvin’s kindness shines through.

Many administration and staff joke that Kalvin will be president someday. His wisdom is beyond his years, and his compassion for others and his dedication to academic success makes him a standout among his peers.

Congratulations to Star Graduate Kalvin Chan of Arbor View High School!

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