Highlighting achievements, June 2, 2016 — PHOTOS

Science fest winners: West Career and Technical Academy and Bishop Gorman students took top honors May 7 at the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival Expo at Cashman Center. The academy’s Elia Neeley was first in the Applied Science category, while Evellyn Goenawan and Yoori Whang tied for first place in the Health Science Category. Bishop Gorman’s Austin Dickieson was first in the Natural Science category. Each first-place winner received $1,000 from Cox, plus another $1,000 for each teacher and school. Other finalists included Dagmawi Haile, Elida Guerra, Jake Gottschalk and Laura Kohut of WCTA, and Emilie Hong of Bishop Gorman. Each received $500 from Cox and $500 for their teacher and school. Visit coxknowledgecollege.com.

Writers contest winners: In mid-May, Vegas PBS announced 18 local winners for the 2016 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Approximately 1,225 entries were received from students in grades kindergarten through fifth. Each student received a trophy, autographed books and framed enlargements of their work. First-place winners also received free tuition to attend the Southern Nevada Writing Project’s summer writing camp. Winners include:


First Place, Logan Svendsen, Taylor Elementary School; Second Place, Adalaide Gillespie, Las Vegas Day School; Third Place, Graham Murray, The Meadows School

First Grade:

First Place, Skylar Goldyn, St. Francis de Sales; Second Place, Jacob Fernandez, St. Francis de Sales; Third Place, Jameson Murray, St. Francis de Sales

Second Grade:

First Place, Melou Wendelboe, St. Francis de Sales; Second Place, Jenna Evans, Las Vegas Day School; Third Place, Shenara Wickremeratne, Las Vegas Day School

Third Grade:

First Place, Annika Laning, St. Francis de Sales; Second Place, Nina Pomerantz, The Challenger School; Third Place, Lila Tasca, Las Vegas Day School

Fourth Grade:

First Place, Amanda Jolee Cooper, Las Vegas Day School; Second Place, Bryn Barnes, Morrow Elementary School; Third Place, Andrew Krueger, Morrow Elementary School

Fifth Grade:

First Place, Lily Archibald, home school; Second Place, Joseph Mosley, Smalley Elementary School; Third Place, Madison Small, Smalley Elementary School

Presidential Scholar: Northwest Career and Technical Academy student Mackenzie Wooten has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 160 members of the 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. Wooten is one of 20 students to be selected for Career and Technical Education, a new category this year. Wooten and her fellow scholars are to receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion during a ceremony on June 19 in Washington, D.C.

Scholarship winner: Tabitha Coggins is a recipient of a 2016 Moose International R. Robert Dale Scholarship for $1,000. She is set to graduate from Foothill High School in the spring.

Batteries Included awards: Mayor Carolyn Goodman honored local youth leaders at the 2016 Batteries Included Youth Achievement Awards Gala May 20, at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Batteries Included program works to ensure the teens reach their greatest potential by providing after-school educational activities focused on leadership, preparing for college and careers. This year’s honorees include: Mayor’s Award recipient Kolton Blanda, Cimarron-Memorial High School; Leadership Award recipient Unique Hardy, Rancho High School; Art Award recipient Karla Ibarra, Legacy High School; Career Development Award recipient Clara Herrera, Rancho High School; Education Award recipient Sari Blanda, Legacy High School; and Environmental Award recipient Courtney Jones, Las Vegas Academy.


Janny Louie of Las Vegas graduated in December from Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

U.S. Air Force Airman Karel F. Zelaya Alvarez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is a 2014 graduate of Arbor View High School.

Rudeemart Prajongtat of Las Vegas graduated recently from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

U.S. Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Dominique A. Huerta graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Huerta is the daughter of Demetrio Huerta of North Las Vegas and a 2015 graduate of Clark High School.

U.S. Air Force Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Fallon Henderson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Henderson is the daughter of Jason Henderson of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Jena Romano of Las Vegas. The airman graduated in 2012 from Basic High School.

Camp Broadway teaches kids how to sing and dance
The Smith Center's seventh annual Camp Broadway musical theater program gives 150 kids ages 6-17 an opportunity to learn musical theater skills from industry professionals over a five-day period. Marcus Villagran/ Las Vegas Review-Journal @brokejournalist
Restoring classic Corvettes to perfection
Members of the National Corvette Restorers Society Convention talk about what it takes to earn the NCRS Top Flight Award for a restored Corvette at South Point in Las Vegas on Tuesday July 17, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Watch Ruthless! at Las Vegas Little Theatre
The musical Ruthless! will be playing at Las Vegas Little Theatre from July 13-29. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Cadaver art and sword swallowing at The Dark Arts Market
Curator Erin Emrie talks about her inspiration for The Dark Arts Market at Cornish Pasty Co. in Las Vegas Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
'NO H8' Campaign comes to Las Vegas
Hundreds of locals participate in the NO H8 campaign founded by Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley as a response to Proposition 8, a California ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign has since evolved to represent equal treatment for all. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
What to expect at Station Casinos' Fourth of July celebration
Station Casinos' is hosting its annual 4th of July celebration with Fireworks by Grucci. Fireworks scheduled to go off on Wednesday, July 4 around 9 p.m. at Green Valley Ranch Resort, Red Rock Resort, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Star Wars and Golden Knights mashup at downtown art shop
Star Wars and Vegas Golden Knights fans attend the Boba Fett Golden Knight Paint Class at The Bubblegum Gallery in Las Vegas, Friday, June 29, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Tourists and locals enjoy Independence Day fireworks at Caesars Palace
Hundreds of tourists and locals gaze at the Independence Day fireworks show at Caesars Palace on Saturday, June 30, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Clark County recount votes in commission’s District E primary
Clark County staff begin the recount requested by candidate Marco Hernandez in the democratic primary for the County Commission's District E seat on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Long-running local hip hop producer wants Vegas rappers to shine
Las Vegas Hip Hop producer and co-owner of Digital Insight Recording Studios Tiger Stylz reflects on 30 years of music production in the city. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
"Pawn Stars" fans visit Richard Harrison's memorial at Gold & Silver Pawn
"Pawn Stars" fans from around the world visit the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas following the passing of Richard "Old Man" Harrison on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Construction for new 51s ballpark underway
New home of the Las Vegas 51s is planned to be finished by March 2019 in Summerlin according to team president Don Logan. (Marcus Villagran/Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Underground home was built as Cold War-era hideaway
The underground house at 3970 Spencer Street is one of the valley’s most unusual homes built 26 feet underground in 1978 by Girard “Jerry” B. Henderson, who, planned to survive the end of the world there.
Lip Smacking Foodie Tours takes you where the locals go
Donald Contursi talks about Lip Smacking Foodie Tours, which offers walking tours of restaurants on and off Las Vegas Boulevard with food samples and tidbits of history about the places they visit.
Bump stock manufacturers under fire
The Justice Department said last month that it had started the process to amend federal firearms regulations to clarify that federal law defines bump stocks as machine guns.
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