Recent graduate receives Nissan Cube

Most 18-year-olds have a few simple things to worry about, such as what they’re going to wear to the prom and where their friends will go to college. Not so for 18-year-old Caitlin Saladino.

Saladino had those concerns and a few more pressing items on her mind — she was enrolled in and recently graduated from a special program that combines high school requirements with college classes and enables students to graduate with both a diploma and associate degree.

Saladino graduated from College of Southern Nevada High School with a 4.0 unweighted grade point average. As a graduation present for the gifted teen, her parents Steve and Mary Saladino bought her a brand-new 2009 Nissan Cube from Henderson Nissan in the Valley Auto Mall.

“They surprised me with the car and I had no idea they were going to do something so wonderful,” Saladino said. “The car was all dressed up with balloons, and my mom handed me a box with the keys in it. I was so happy and thankful when I realized it was for me.”

The Nissan Cube is the newest addition to the Nissan lineup and its unique styling and low price point make it a popular choice.

“Since the launch of the Cube in April, we have had a lot of interest,” said Mike Collaianni, general manager of Henderson Nissan. “People are really attracted to the style and one-of-a-kind look the car has. Plus, it is very functional and affordable which means a lot in today’s economy.

“We’re happy to have the Saladinos as customers and their daughter truly deserves something special and the Cube was a perfect gift. It just goes to show you how hard work pays off and that young lady really worked hard. I hope she enjoys the car.”

Saladino, a long-time American Cancer Society volunteer, received her general associate degree with 69 college credits. She focused her studies on international languages.

“The most challenging part for me was time management,” she said. “We sometimes had to take classes at night and, with a full schedule during the day, it was tough. All this while still maintaining high school requirements and having a social and family life made for a very full two years, but it was well worth it.”

The future holds more school for Saladino. The industrious teen received five scholarships and plans to attend University of Nevada, Las Vegas to study international business with a minor in Italian studies.

“I believe a great deal in getting my education and working hard to achieve your dreams,” Saladino said. “This is something my parents instilled in me at a young age and I have never forgotten. My goal is to graduate UNLV by 2011.”

Henderson Nissan is located in the Valley Auto Mall at 295 Auto Mall Drive and can be reached at 558-5800.

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