Newsmakers,Oct. 9-15, 2014

Jay Samuel Bernstein, a graduate of Green Valley High School, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. An F16 pilot (and also a qualifed B-1B bomber pilot), Bernstein has served tours of duty in Iraq twice and Afganistan and Korea. Bernstein is the son of Dr. Lee and Charlotte Bernstein of Las Vegas.

Air Force Airman Kyle M. Cremeans graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. He is the son of James W. Cremeans of Lawton, Okla., and Kim M. Kostka and Phil A. Kostka of Las Vegas. He is a 2013 graduate of Centennial High School.

On Sept. 10, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Area students include:


Basic High School: Alexandria R. Bush; Coronado High School: Shannon L. Chao; Abigail A. Franklin; Eric M. Lujan; Spencer R. Messina; Cesia A. Ng; Rachel L. Oshiro; Kyra N. Sciabica; Crystal J. Wang; Foothill High School: Rachel Oehler; Green Valley High School: Sean Berman; Steven J. Chacko; Matthew S. Chen; Aidan P. Cortney; Jake H. Lee; Amar Shah; Liberty High School: Oscar Torres; Nevada State High School: Jessica L. Peterson; Silverado High School: West E. Wagner; Amy Warling.

North Las Vegas:

Centennial High School: Hannah N. McDonald; Arbor View High School: Kaitlynne C. Thornton; Northwest Career & Technical Academy: Dakota D. Jones; Shadow Ridge High School: Gary Yan.

Las Vegas:

The Adelson School: Brenna R. Mishlove; Advanced Technologies Academy: Noah A. Bachir; Anthony L. Godlewski; Claire C. Ong; Clark High School: Cameron P. Both; Michael Castle; Sean E. Dycaico; Sourav Gupta; Sabrina Ho; Chaitanya R. Ingle; Alex Luwang,; Leda Morochina; Lucille C. Nual; Deepal M. Patel; Aubrey S. Pickett; Steven M. Roldan; Wei Z. Tang; Sabrina D. Wang; Coral Academy of Science: Clara L. Buck; Arbab Khalid; Desert Oasis High School: Daniel J. Winik; Durango High School: Fadi M. Azar; Bishop Gorman High School: Juliana C. Adams; Lisa M. Borzage; Evan M. Link; Alexander S. Perron; Skylar R. Westbrook; homeschool: Tristan Sun; Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and Performing Arts: Elizabeth Linstruth; Rachel M. Long; Kristen N. Muller; The Meadows School: Alexandra C. Bailey; Audrey L. Chang; Connor M. Chapkis; Daniel Chen; Tessa DeJong; Aliya S. Farmanali; Robert G. Netzorg; Palo Verde High School: Foster L. Truman; Rancho High School: Ryan R. Cho; Marien C. Fontano; Annabelle L. Shattler; Timothy Shaw; Giorgio R. Zaghen; Sierra Vista High School: Jessica M. Vallin; Valley High School: Eli R. Gaer; Lydia M. Haile; West Career and Technical Academy: Alison Ryu; Conor P. Safbom.

The Public Education Foundation’s Board of Directors elected seven new board members and re-elected 20 members during its annual board meeting Sept. 4. New board members are Lee M. Amaitis, president and chief executive officer of CG Technology; Jennifer Carleton, a shareholder in the Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck law firm; Shelley Gitomer, vice president of philanthropy & community engagement of MGM Resorts International; Guy Martin, vice president of procurement of the Martin-Harris construction company; Susan Nelson, human resources manager for Community Banking West of Wells Fargo; Michael E. Newman, managing director of the Las Vegas office of CBRE; and James T. Rimpo, senior vice president, corporate relationship manager of Nevada State Bank.

On Sept. 5-7, the annual Las Vegas Rock N Soul Music Awards & Hall Of Fame Inductions honored Lillian McMorris with the Legend Award, Sherry Gordy with the Entrepreneur Award, The Tap House with the Entrepreneur Award, Malo as a Hall of Fame Inductee, El Chicano as a Hall of Fame Inductee, The Scintas as a Hall of Fame Inductee and Derek David (Platters) with a Music Icon Award.

Niah Anson of Las Vegas is one of 422 first-year students to enroll at Lake Forest College this fall. Anson was awarded a Forester Social Justice Scholarship. Anson is a graduate of The Adelson Educational Campus.

Downtown Summerlin hosts its annual Festival of Arts
People crowd to Downtown Summerlin for the 23rd annual Summerlin Festival of Arts in Las Vegas, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Clark County educators debate alternative grading systems
Spring Valley High School principal Tam Larnerd, Spring Valley High School IB coordinator Tony Gebbia and retired high school teacher Joyce O'Day discuss alternative grading systems. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Grandparents on the fire that killed three family members
Charles and Doris Smith talk about the night an apartment fire took the lives of three of their family members. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
New York artist Bobby Jacobs donated a sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden
Bobby Jacobs, an artist from upstate New York, has spent much of the past year creating a sculpture of two separate angel wings. He donated the sculpture to the Las Vegas Healing Garden. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Weather will cool slightly through the end of the week
The weather will cool slightly through the end of the week., but highs are still expected to be slightly above normal for this year. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mayor announces new public-private partnership
Mayor Carolyn Goodman announced the creation of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE, a public-private partnership that will allocate money to the city’s neediest.
Fremont9 opens downtown
Fremont9 apartment complex has opened in downtown Las Vegas. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Fall fairytale gets cozy at Bellagio Conservatory
Bellagio Conservatory introduces its fall-themed garden titled "Falling Asleep." (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
What the house that Ted Binion died in looks like today
Casino heir Ted Binion died in this Las Vegas home in 1998. Current home owner Jane Popple spent over $600,000 to restore and modernize the home. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
Rescue Mission employees terminated
Don James, a former employee for the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, talks about the day his team was terminated. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Raiders Cupcakes at Freed's Bakery
Freed's Bakery will have Raiders-themed cupcakes available in store and for order during football season. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s fans say goodbye to Cashman Field
Las Vegas 51s fans said goodbye to Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Monday September, 3, 2018. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
51s owner Don Logan's last weekend at Cashman Field
Don Logan, owner of the Las Vegas 51s, gives a tour of Cashman Field before the team's final weekend using the field. (Marcus Villagran/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @marcusvillagran
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
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