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.

Valentine's Day Brings Wet Weather To Las Vegas
Parts of the Las Vegas Valley received more than an inch of rain by 1 p.m. Thursday, triggering numerous vehicle accidents, sparking flooding and prompting at least two swift-water rescues in flood channels. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Artist sends love from the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
Artist Chris O'Rourke has a giant heart mounted in the back of pickup positioned for photos at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip on Valentine's Day 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rain doesn't dampen weddings on Valentine's Day
Charolette Richards, owner of A Little White Wedding Chapel who has been performing weddings for 60 years, started Valentine’s Day 2019 by performing a wdding for Las Vegas couple David and Elaine Cook at the chapel’s Tunnel of Love drive-thru. Richards has over 100 weddings booked for Valentine’s Day. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Swift-water rescue in Las Vegas
The Clark County Fire Department rescued one person from the flooded Durango Wash in Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
It is a rainy Valentine's Day in Las Vegas - Video
These scenes come from the Las Vegas Stadium LiveCam (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rainy and soggy on Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day across the Las Vegas Valley will be soggy and wet. A flood advisory has been issued for Clark County. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Early morning rainfall in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas valley was hit with rainfall early Thursday morning. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Janelle Veith, Quest Academy principal, talks about her school success
Janelle Veith, Quest Academy principal, talks about her school success. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Learning how to create your own comic book
Jean Munson talks about the class she teaches at the Maximum Comics in Henderson on creating and publishing your own comic book.
Top Ladies of Distinction unveils second Las Vegas chapter
Officers Clair Hart and Rose Coker discuss the service organization’s work and mission.
The Animal Foundation Opens New Wing
On Tuesday, The Animal Foundation opened the doors to its new Engelstad Foundation Adoption center. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
North Las Vegas firefighter skates from ice to fire
Darcy Loewen, a former pro hockey player, finds a new career as a North Las Vegas firefighter. (John Przybys/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Carnival AirShip floats over Las Vegas
Carnival Cruise flew a blimp over the LAs Vegas Valley on Thursday in a promotion for its new Carnival Panorama ship. (Mat luschek/Review-Journal)
Pedestrian dies after crash at Decatur and Alta
Las Vegas police investigate a fatal crash that killed a pedestrian at Decatur Boulevard and Alta Driver about 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Jessica Terrones/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Star Wars Cosplayers Visit Sick Kids At Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
Members of Coruscant Base, a Star Wars cosplay group, visit kids at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. (Mat Luschek/Review-Journal)
Hail and wet snow in Las Vegas
The western edges of Las Vegas saw some hail and wet snow on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Developer Jim Rhodes lists his mansion for $30 million
Jim Rhodes, a developer, has listed his mansion in Spanish Hills community for $30 million. The mansion is situated on 2 acres of land and features 19,345 square feet of living space. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Court ruling brings hope to local Vietnam veteran
Blue Water Navy Veteran Michael Yates talks about possible medical benefits he could receive after a federal court ruling this week. Yates claims he was exposed to Agent Orange and attributes that to his health problems, which include cancer.
Las Vegas charter school excels in areas of greatest need
Mater Academy Mountain Vista charter school students excel despite the fact that half the students are English language learners and all qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in downtown Las Vegas
The 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, themed "Living the Dream: One People, One Nation, One Dream," took place in downtown Las Vegas Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
People in Mesquite deal with a massive power outage
People in Mesquite respond to a major power outage in the area on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (Mat Luschek/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
New MLK freeway onramps
How to navigate the trio of new freeway onramps from Martin Luther King Boulevard. (Mick Akers/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Campus Village next to UNLV gets demolished
Demolition of Campus Village shopping center, on Maryland Parkway across from UNLV, begins to make way for new development.
Extreme weather closes Scenic Loop in Red Rock Canyon
High winds and flooding closed the Scenic Loop in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area Thursday. Minor flooding across Highway 159 caused drivers to slow, but didn't close the road. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Learning live-saving techniques in Stop the Bleed class
Leslie Shaffer, an AMR paramedic, shows how to control bleeding during a Stop the Bleed course at the Summerlin Library. The class is designed to teach anyone how to control and stop life-threatening bleeding. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Mount Charleston Gets Heavy Snow, Fog
Mount Charleston saw heavy snow today, and fog in lower elevations as a cold front swept across the Las Vegas Valley. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Tourists enjoy rain in downtown Las Vegas
Tourists break out the umbrellas. But Brian Herting of Lincoln, Nebraska, dons shorts and a T-shirt, as he makes his way through downtown Las Vegas. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Thick fog blanketed Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday
Thick fog blanketed Las Vegas Valley on Tuesday. The National Weather Service.forecast called for a 50 percent chance of rain. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Time lapse video of fog covering the Strip
The Las Vegas Strip is shrouded in fog Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @KMCannonPhoto
Tony Spilotro's Las Vegas home for sale — VIDEO
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Tony Sanchez wraps up the UNLV season
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