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Newsmakers, Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Chrystal S. Field graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Field is the daughter of Susan A. Field and sister of Bruce R. Field II of Las Vegas. Field is a 2009 LPN graduate of the College of Southern Nevada.

Two alumni from The International School of Hospitality’s art of concierge certificate program who now have careers at The Venetian and The Palazzo have been elected to the Southern Nevada Hotel Concierge Association Board of Officers. Cecilia Darr, concierge supervisor at The Venetian and The Palazzo, has been elected president of the association. Timothy Thompson, concierge manager at The Venetian and The Palazzo, has been elected secretary of the association.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Joseph R. Jenkins graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Jenkins is the son of Joseph R. and Shene L. Jenkins of North Las Vegas. He is a 2011 graduate of Mojave High School.

Air Force Airman Cody A. Willets graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is a 2013 graduate of Coronado High School.

Opportunity Village named Robert Evans its Outstanding Volunteer. Evans has been working with the organization for three years, helping paint Magical Forest structures and with other efforts.

Nathan Lee, a 2014 graduate of The Meadows School, is a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. He is set to fence for the USAFA NCAA Division I fencing team. Lee represented the fencing academy of Nevada in Las Vegas and is coached by Yves Auriol and Jacques LaCour. His parents are Nami and Kenny Lee.

Approximately 5,000 students graduated recently from the University of Iowa, including Jaclyn Geffinger and Benjamin Moser, both of Henderson, and Caitlin Murphy and Gianni Sesto, both of Las Vegas.

Divya Ramakrishnan, a graduate of The Meadows School, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the National Latin Exam Scholarship Committee. Ramakrishnan received a gold medal on the 2014 National Latin Exam and plans to attend Stanford University.

Mikayla Gray of Las Vegas was recently crowned 2014 National American Miss Nevada-Utah Pre-Teen.

Air Force Airman Gabriela Calderon graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Calderon is the son of Rebeca An and grandson of Marva Siegel of Las Vegas. He is a 2013 graduate of Silverado High School.

Alexis Stallings of Las Vegas made the spring 2014 Honors List at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va.

Air Force Airman Donovan M. Romero graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Romero is the son of Rosa Romero and grandson of Alma Romero of Las Vegas. He is a 2013 graduate of Bonanza High School.

More than 5,500 students graduated from Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, including Jacquelyn Working, Geannie McClain, Michael Steadman, Dawn Reitz and Breeanna Stevens, all of Las Vegas, and Jennifer Buchbaum of North Las Vegas.

Air Force Airman Hector Valencia graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Valencia is the son of Pedro Valencia of Las Vegas.

Rikki Jarvis of Las Vegas made the spring 2014 Dean’s List at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Jarvis is the daughter of Charles and Renee Jarvis of Las Vegas and attended Palo Verde High School.

Artemesia Jones of Las Vegas recently graduated from the University of Houston.

Yolanda Li of Las Vegas made the spring 2014 Dean’s List at the University of Houston.

Amy Blanco of Las Vegas graduated from Troy University in Troy, Ala.

Air Force Airman Eyejah C. Pearson graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Pearson is the son of Heather Pearson and Gordon Brantley of Las Vegas and is a 2013 graduate of West Career And Technical Academy.

Nevada Volunteers, the Governor’s Commission on Service, has announced the 18 finalists of the 2014 Governor’s Points of Light Awards. The award is given in six categories: Northern Nevada Individual; Southern Nevada Individual; Rural Nevada Individual; Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program; Corporate Volunteer Program; and Volunteer Manager. Finalists are to be in attendance at the Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony on Sept. 18 at Bally’s Las Vegas, where the award recipient for each category will be announced. The Governor’s Points of Light Award Ceremony honors individuals, community-based organizations and businesses for their contribution to communities through volunteer service. Winners are selected by a panel of leaders in business, government, and nonprofits from across the state for the extent to which their volunteerism exemplifies achievement, need, innovation, mobilization and endurance. 2014 Governor’s Points of Light Finalists include:

Individual Volunteer: Northern Nevada: Michael Allen; Vanessa Dixon; DeDe Rosene

Individual Volunteer: Southern Nevada: Lianne Koutz; Joan Miller; Eric Zawid

Individual Volunteer: Rural Nevada: Sandy Buchanan; Camille Howard; Mary Liveratti

Nonprofit and Community Organization Volunteer Program: Lend a Hand of Boulder City; Rural Nevada RSVP; Washoe County CASA

Corporate and Business Volunteer Program: IGT; Southwest Gas Corporation; The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Volunteer Manager: Sharon Harding; Patti Johnson; Jan Lindsay

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