Lucy Keaton helped transform what was one of the lowest performing elementary schools in Las Vegas into an exemplary turn around school, the state’s highest academic designation. During the six years Keaton has been at the school, Hewetson has met adequate yearly progress standards four years running and had gains of at least 10 percent in student achievement on standardized tests every year.
Sandra Ransel is enthusiastic about her job helping nontraditional students earn their diplomas. Her hard work recently earned her recognition as an “Unsung Hero.”
Malissa Muhleck planned to go to college and become a veterinarian after high school. Now she feels more prepared and a little more excited to do so. The former Faiss Middle School student is one of 50 incoming freshmen who attended CampUs Las Vegas, a six-day program meant to prepare kids for high school and beyond.
Nevadans know unemployment better than anyone else. Youngsters here are getting used to it, too. The unemployment rate of Nevadans ages 16 to 19 is 34.5 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, second behind Georgia. Charles Nguyen, Jaime Estepa and Shane Haddad, 17-year-old valley residents, are finding out firsthand how tough it is.