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Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four Students Receive $5,000 College Scholarships

Four local students will receive $5,000 college scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans.

Information from the organization credits Steve Wynn with making the awards possible. Recipients were chosen based on commitment to education, dedication to community service, and strength of character in overcoming personal obstacles to achieve academic excellence.

The winners are:

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

Hundreds of Students Ready to Perform in All-Stars Showcase

Hundreds of Students Ready to Perform in All-Stars Showcase


More than 700 at-risk students will show off their talents during the 8th annual All-Star Showcase Thursday at the Springs Preserve.

The students are all part of the After-School All-Stars Las Vegas, an after-school program that works to keep kids out of trouble by providing positive activities.

The showcase will feature a mariachi band, choir, hip-hop, cheer and karate performances from kids in 12 local elementary schools. The students have spent the past several months getting ready for this week's showcase.

The showcase will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Springs Preserve Amphitheater, 333 S. Valley View Parkway.


Clark High Teacher Honored

Clark High Teacher Honored


A teacher from Clark High School got the surprise of a lifetime by Miracle Mile Shops and Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.

Ashley Nebe was honored with a makeover at Dollheads Blowdry and Extensions Bar, a $500 shopping spree and tickets to "Vegas! The Show" for her work to better educate southern Nevada students.

In true Las Vegas style, the gifts were delivered by a showgirl and twin performers from the show.

Her photo was also displayed on the huge electronic billboard outside the Miracle Mile Shops on the Las Vegas Strip.

Nebe works in Clark High School's English Department and worked to pilot Common Core State Standards.


Three Southern Nevada Students Named Presidential Scholars


The 49th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars have been announced, and they include three students from southern Nevada.

The 141 students represent some of the best and brightest from around the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The 2013 Presidential Scholars for southern Nevada are Caolinn Y. Mejza, Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing & Visual Arts, Sharon T. Fang, Clark High School, Justin M. Joseph, Valley High School.

The awards are not just given for academic excellence but also for community service, leadership and a demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

The three students from southern Nevada were selected from the more than 3,000 candidates who qualified for the 2013 awards because of their scores on the SAT and ACT exams. A commission then reviewed applications and selected the scholars.

The program was founded in 1964 and since it was created has honored more than 6,000 students.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest


Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included: