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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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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.

Rancho Culinary Students Win At Heart Competition

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Rancho High School’s Culinary Students competed at the American Heart Association Teens Cook With Heart Competition, taking place at the MGM Las Vegas Culinary Academy.

Jenna and Nuhamine took 1st place in the Level 1 Savory Category. Camie and Hayley took 1st place in the Level 1 Sweet Category. This was such a wonderful opportunity for our first year students to demonstrate everything they’ve learned this year.

Thank you Ms. Rheinwald and Ms. Zimet for your hard work in helping our students prepare for this competition.

The Teens Cook with Heart program by the American Heart Association aims to provide high school students with knowledge in nutrition through lecture and cooking.

Apply for Innovative Schools Pilot Program

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A new partnership between the Clark County School District and the Clark County Education Association creates a three-year pilot program to recruit and retain high-quality teachers committed to building a positive culture and increasing student achievement at one of eight middle schools that has been identified by the state as needing improvement.

  • Mario C. and JoAnne Monaco Middle School


The District will identify committed teachers with a strong track record of success with students of diverse backgrounds to participate in the Innovative Schools Pilot Program, with the goal of creating more stability and less staff turnover at these high-need schools.

Teachers selected for this pilot program will receive $10,000 in recruitment and retention supplemental pay and an additional performance supplement of $5,000 based on student outcomes.

Come make a real impact on the future of our students, our District and our community. For more information about the Innovative Schools Pilot Program, click here.

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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Star Graduate 2019 – Foothill High School

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Jordan Wilson is a fine young man, and is Foothill High School’s Star Graduate. He excels in academics as well as athletics. He will be earning an Advanced Honors diploma and will be a high honors graduate.

Jordan has overcome some difficulties in his family and personal life, but he does not let that hold him back from achieving at a high level. He is responsible, mature and success-oriented. Jordan is well respected by staff at Foothill.

He was nominated for our annual Falcon Staff scholarship by more than one staff member. Despite his achievements and athletic prowess, Jordan is humble, sincere and very personable. He has a caring and helpful attitude toward others.

With his work ethic, maturity and integrity, Jordan will continue to be successful throughout his life.

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Star Graduates 2019 – Bonanza High School

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Iris Thaoxaochay is a high-achieving scholar at Bonanza High School. Every single summer, beginning with the transitional summer following her eighth-grade year, Iris would contact her counselor to inquire if any new Advanced Placement (AP) courses have been added in which she could enroll. Iris was instrumental in establishing a tutoring program at Bonanza, and spent many hours tutoring not only underclassmen, but fellow AP students as well.

Iris has managed to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average, all while balancing a rigorous class load, sports, National Honor Society and volunteering in the community at the public library and voting centers during elections.

Her AP teacher Andrew Sherer describes Iris as “the one student whose departure from Bonanza will leave this institution in a better place because of her efforts.”

Star Graduates 2019 – Desert Oasis High School

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Desert Oasis High School Star Graduate is Yuhan Jiang. Yuhan moved to the U.S. at the beginning of her 10th-grade year. Not only was it difficult for her to catch up due to the language and cultural barriers, she also did not have any transferable credits.

She has attended summer school every summer to work on catching up from ninth grade, as well as taking extra credits throughout the school year. When Yuhan started, she was in regular classes and in the English Language Learner class. By her second year (11th grade), she went from regular math to Honors.

Now, as a senior, she is no longer in the English Language Learner class. She is taking two AP classes: Biology and Calculus AB; and she is in two Honors classes: English 12 and Principles of Anatomy/Physiology. Yuhan will be graduating with an Advanced Diploma.

At first, the transition to American life was tough, and she struggled with making friends. Just two years later, Yuhan has made many friends, and she has joined Desert Oasis’ No Place for Hate club. Although she will not be able to earn the CTE certification, she is still active in the school’s marketing program, and is a member of DECA.

Yuhan is excited to attend University of Utah in the fall to work on a pre-pharmacy major, and will continue her education to become a licensed pharmacist. Her parents are extremely proud of her, and feel that their move to America was definitely worth it.

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