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Newsmakers, Aug. 14-20, 2014

Steven M. Merkes of Las Vegas earned a Masters of Business Degree in International Business from the University of Phoenix on June 7. Merkes is the husband of Maria Merkes and father of Reuben and Shimon Merkes.

After-School All-Stars Las Vegas recently announced that Maria Bustos, an eighth-grader at Fremont Middle School, was selected to represent Las Vegas at the National Youth Advisory Board Summit in Washington, D.C., July 21-25. Bustos was selected based on her academic achievement, strong attendance, positive behavior, developing leadership skills and her commitment to her peers.

Army PV2 Kasey A. Reasland graduated from Helicopter Mechanic School as a Distinguished Honor Graduate at Fort Eustis, Va. Kasey is the son of Warren Reasland and Margo and John Cottrel of Henderson and is a 2012 graduate of Basic High School.

The Adelson Educational Campus recently celebrated third-grade teacher Sherry Lasky for her 25 years of service as an educator. The show of appreciation included a trip to Israel and a scrapbook full of photos and notes from students and colleagues with whom she has shared her passion for teaching.

Air Force Airman Matthew R. Ripple graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Ripple is the son of Lisa and Jeffery Ripple of Las Vegas and is a 2010 graduate of Las Vegas High School.

Air Force Airman Darien L. Huff graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Huff is the son of Lonzo Huff of Las Vegas and Tracey Queen of Timberlake, N.C.

Air Force Airman Andrew R. Dean graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is a 2012 graduate of Chaparral High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Wendy C. Brizuela graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Brizuela is the daughter of Oscar Brizuela and Aurora C. Brizuela of Las Vegas. She is a 2010 graduate of Rancho High School.

Ryan Marble, 31, of Las Vegas, a high school dropout at 10th grade, studied, worked for and passed the G.E.D. in less than six months after being out of school for more than 10 years.

Aashish Daulat of Las Vegas graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Wei Lin of Las Vegas has been named to the spring 2014 Dean’s List at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia.

Hailey Haas, 10, of Las Vegas has been recognized with a $1,000 scholarship toward higher education by the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program for making a positive impact in her community through volunteerism. Hailey was chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide.

Lara Findley of Las Vegas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Murray J. Findley, graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn., June 8.

Sonya DaCunha of Henderson recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Lowell. DaCunha received the English Department Academic Excellence Award.

Army Pvt. Giovonni G. Brown has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Brown is the son of Asia Marisol of Cleveland and Gotrel Brown of Las Vegas.

Ryan Townsend of Las Vegas graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. He is the son of Karla and Scott Townsend of Las Vegas.

Steven Bolton made the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. He is the son of Sue Bolton of Las Vegas.

Gianna Santoro and Madison Taylor Blau, both of Las Vegas, made the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Washington University in St. Louis.

Air Force Reserve Airman Jeromy A. Yabut graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Yabut is the son of Jeannette and Romeo Yabut of North Las Vegas and is a 2013 graduate of Legacy High School.

Johanna Schwartz, 21, of Las Vegas graduated from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., on May 26. Schwartz attended Valley High School before leaving after 11th grade to enter college early.

The following students recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi: Alona Angosta, Jeffrey Gelfer, Laxmi Gewali, Maria Jerinic-Pravica, Kia Vichaikul, Paul Werth and Janet Reiber, all of Henderson, and Tony Terrell of Las Vegas.

Army Pvt. Jose Sanchez has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. Sanchez is the son of Cecelia Velasco of Las Vegas and a 2008 graduate of Clark High School.

Genesis Cerrato of Las Vegas recently graduated from Rockford University in Rockford, Ill.

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