Newsmakers, May 28-June 3, 2015

Eric England of Henderson graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy May 22 with a bachelor of science degree in general engineering and a commission as a U.S. Navy ensign. His father is Reggie England of Henderson. Eric England is a graduate of Foothill High School.

Michelle Henderson of Henderson has accepted an appointment to the Air Force Academy. She is a senior at Coronado High School, due to graduate June 6. She is the daughter of Lt. Col. Allen and Barbara Lynn Henderson of Henderson.

Elizabeth Trosper, principal of Trosper Communications, recently announced the promotion of Frank Fuentes to communications and social media director. Fuentes previously served as a communications and social media coordinator. Also, Sue Smuskiewicz has taken the role of director of administration. Smuskiewicz joined the firm in 2010 as chief copywriter and core reader. In her new role, Smuskiewicz will continue her previous duties, manage and maintain the firm’s administrative functions and assist in human resources and accounting. Trosper also announced the hiring of Kelsey Hand as the firm’s executive director of media and client relations. Hand was previously the public information coordinator for the Clark County Regional Flood Control District.

Blake Edward Harrison of Troop 912 recently earned his Eagle Scout badge for coordinating a book drive with Barnes & Noble for Spread the Word Nevada, collecting more than 850 books and $1,700 in donations. His parents are Ted and Cheryl Harrison of Las Vegas.

Jamillah Ali-Rahman, executive director for Friends of Parkinson’s, was recently named the Ambassador for Peace by the Universal Peace Federation, an international and interreligious network of individuals and organizations, including representatives from religion, government, civil society and the private sector, dedicated to achieving world peace. Ali-Rahman will help promote reconciliation, overcoming barriers and building peace while forming a global network representing the diversity of the human family and all disciplines of endeavor.

In support of local nonprofit groups, the Stratosphere presented a $1,000 donation to the Nevada SPCA during the property’s Celebrity Happy Hour event at McCall’s Heartland Grill April 9.

Vegas PBS has received a Telly Award for a public service announcement related to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative and the station’s supporting It Pays to Stay campaign. The PSA features a local student, Jessica Suarez, who had dropped out of high school but returned due to the efforts of school administrators and Communities In Schools of Nevada coordinators. The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, video and film productions and Web-based work. To view the PSA, visit

The Las Vegas Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals donated $2,000 to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Foundation. This donation will benefit the library district’s Southern Nevada Nonprofit Information Center at the Clark County Library and will augment the library’s collection of books on fundraising and philanthropy-related topics available in all branches across the county.

In New York, the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Liberal Arts honored student achievement in writing with the presentation of the 2015 Henry and Mary Kearse Distinguished Lecture and Student Writing Award on April 3. Awardees included Joshua Schussler, a physics major from Las Vegas, representing the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures, with “Boule e Suif Blog.”

Army Pvt. Mario Y. Falcon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Falcon is the son of Felipa Falcon of Las Vegas and is a 2014 graduate of Western High School.

Army Pvt. Thomas T. Siomon graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Siomon is the son of Siomon Taykay of Henderson and Freta Zese of Las Vegas. He is a 2014 graduate of Coronado High School.

Army Pvt. Aaron P. Mayorga graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Mayorga is the son of Juan J. Mayorga of Henderson and is a 2013 graduate of Foothill High School.

Sarah Elizabeth Fanning of Henderson was named a high scholar at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Air Force Airman 1st Class Sarah M. Kirksey graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. She is a 2005 graduate of the Community College High School.

Roland Cox of Las Vegas was selected as a 2015 NROTC Scholarship recipient by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command, which conducted the Pedro Del Valle and Frederick C Branch scholarship boards in April.

Army Spc. Jamee C. Finley graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. Finley is the daughter of Denise Finley and sister of Jade Finley, both of Las Vegas. She is a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

Air Force Airman Alvin V. Accad graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Accad is the son of Angelito and Evelyn Accad of Las Vegas and graduated in 2012 from Durango High School.

In April, The Citadel’s Commandant of Cadets designated commanders, regimental staff, sergeants major and first sergeants for the class of 2016. Cadet Angelica McNerny of Las Vegas was honored with the role of Fifth Battalion V Company first sergeant.

Air Force Airman Yea Chan Lim graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Lim is the son of Sun Kyu Koag and Myung Jin Lim of Las Vegas.

Metro Asst. Sheriff Brett Zimmerman on Aug. 8 officer-involved shooting
Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman met with media Monday to discuss the details of the 14th officer-involved shooting of the year. (Madelyn Reese/ Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program
Matt Kelly Elementary School hosted its third annual Back-to-School Red Carpet Program where community and business leaders joined to welcome students back with an inspirational welcome. Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal @bizutesfaye
Star Trek fans on show’s enduring popularity
Star Trek fans at the Star Trek Convention 2018 talk about why they think the show has stayed popular across the years Thursday, August 2, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
Nonprofit provides clothing for homeless
Sydney Grover of Can You Spare A Story?, talks about how she founded the non-profit organization. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Family remembers deceased mother
Family members of Adriann Gallegos remember her. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @brokejournalist
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
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