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Favorite Sons & Daughters July 9-15

The Las Vegas Track Club presented scholarships to six local high school seniors at a banquet in June at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The students are Meghan Bolden, Bishop Gorman High School, $2,000; Albert Munoz, Southeast Career and Technical Academy, $1,000; Eric Klein, Bishop Gorman High School, $3,000; Zach Zimdars, Southeast Career and Technical Academy, $2,000; Taylor Coss, Southeast Career and Technical Academy, $2,000; and Kyle Kastrup, Bishop Gorman High School, $2,000.

Alysia Nielson of Las Vegas won the American Paint Horse Association 2012 national all-around title for youths 13 or younger.

Alysia and her 9-year-old mare Sensational Dee finished as champions in hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle, showmanship, trail, western pleasure, horsemanship, western riding, pole bending and as reserve champion in reining.

The duo competed against more than 1,100 competitors, traveling more than 50,000 miles to 14 states.

A student at The Meadows School, Alysia plays soccer and volleyball, participates in school plays and has been named to the honor roll.

She is the daughter of Scott and MaryAlice Nielson.

Jordan Spencer, 22, graduated in May from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in psychology.

A 2008 graduate of Palo Verde High School, Spencer is the daughter of Shannon Thomason and granddaughter of Jim and Rae Thomason.

Hayden Helgren has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Sill, Okla. He is stationed at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., for advanced individual training. He is a 2012 graduate of Silverado High School. His brother, Heath Helgren, has completed a transportation basic officer leader course at Fort Lee, Va. He is assigned to the 1864th Transportation Company of the Nevada National Guard. Heath is a 2007 graduate of Silverado High School and a graduate of UNLV, where he was a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship recipient. They are the sons of Peter and Poppy Helgren of Henderson.

Christina Brunini has graduated magna cum laude from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and finance. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the highest international recognition a business student can receive in an undergraduate master’s or doctoral program at a school accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Brunini is a member of the Order of Omega, which recognizes students who have attained a high standard of scholarship and leadership in inter-Greek activities at USD, and she was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Brunini is the daughter of Joseph and Cynthia Brunini of Las Vegas.

Richard Keirn, 14, won first place for his essay, “Character Based Leadership,” in the Scottish Rite Paul R. Kach DeMolay Essay Contest.

Keirn received a $300 prize.

He is master councilor-elect for the Oasis chapter of DeMolay, a youth organization for young men 12 to 21 years old that teaches leadership, tradition, teamwork and public speaking. Keirn will be a freshman at Coronado High School in the fall.

He is the son of Richard Keirn of Henderson.

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