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Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Elizondo, Ullom Students Win in College Savings Contest

Two Las Vegas elementary school students scored a cash prize in a statewide contest.

Shayla Embriz, a fourth-grader at Elizondo Elementary, and Angel Gonzales, a fifth-grader at Ullom Elementary, both won $529 in the Third Annual Nevada $529 College Savings Day Contest.

Co-sponsored by the State Treasurer’s Office and the Nevada Bankers Association, the contest was open to all Nevada Kindergarten through fifth-grade students, with the prize being a $529 gift to be used to open a college savings plan account or to enhance an existing account through Upromise, Nevada’s College Savings Plans program administrator. 

The Nevada Bankers Association once again donated the $529 prizes. The five winners were selected via random drawing: two from Clark County, one from Washoe County, and one each from a northern and southern Nevada rural community. 

Cannery Casino Provides Teachers A Free Lunch

What you've heard about the free lunch, may not true. About 50 teachers from Jacob E. Manch Elementary School received a complimentary meal on Thursday. 

The teacher appreciation luncheon happens every year, underwritten by the Cannery Casino Hotel, to thank the teachers for supporting and enriching their young students throughout the year, and also to celebrate the beginning of summer!

While June 9 is the last day of school, many Manch Elementary teachers will continue their education during the summer. Some will take additional college credits and others will undergo standardized training on teaching the Common Core curriculum.

Before dismissing their students, teachers emphasized the importance of reading over the summer.  

Students Bring History to Life

Students Bring History to Life

Students at Eisenberg Elementary School brought history to life with special presentation Friday.

The fifth-grade class researched a famous person who made a positive impact on the world, dressed like that person, then stood in the school's multipurpose room in a "wax museum" of sorts. The kids stood still until a museum visitor approached they would then recite what they had researched about that historical figure. The figures included everyone from President Obama and the First Lady to Jennifer Lopez and Bill Cosby. 

"The students learn how to research to learn about the character. Maybe one day they'll want to be a representative, they may want to be like that character but at least knowing some of the old not just the new like we see everyday," said fifth-grade teacher Lana Bates

Students Launch Balloons for Research

Students Launch Balloons for Research

Students at Bridger Middle school loaded and launched experimental balloons Wednesday for a new research project.

The seventh grade students worked with atmospheric scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno on the project. They created the packages that were attached to the balloons. Each package contained all kinds of equipment to test the atmosphere, temperature, and air pressure. The balloons will eventually make their way east and are expected to land somewhere near St. George, Utah. The ROTC program at UNLV will assist with retrieving the balloons when the land.

Money for the project was partly provided by the Desert Research Institute and UNR

Local Students Receive Engineering and Science Scholarships


Ten outstanding Clark County students have been awarded scholarships by National Security Technologies LLC (NSTec), to encourage their interest in science and engineering.

This year’s recipients of the NSTec Engineering and Science Scholarship for Clark County are:

Valley School Wins Library Makeover

Kids at Faye Herron Elementary School will get a whole new library thanks to retail giant Target.

The school was one of only a handful of schools around the country to win a makeover for their library. The program includes a complete renovation including 2,000 new books and technology upgrades. Target will also build a food pantry stocked with healthy foods for the school.

On Tuesday, the school's principal will join Target executives along with education experts and other principals, whose schools are also getting the makeover, at a ceremony at the Library of Congress. 

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

Tune In to See Graduation Ceremonies

If you're looking to see your favorite student walk the graduation stage, turn to Cox Cable channel 96 or head to its website.

Cox Communications, in partnership with the Clark County School District, Orleans Arena and Thomas & Mack Center, will broadcast local high school graduation ceremonies from Monday, June 13 through Wednesday, June 29. The Cox 96 broadcasts will also be available via streaming video at www.Cox96.net and follow the broadcast schedule.

The majority of graduation ceremonies originating from the Orleans Arena (OR) will be broadcast live while ceremonies originating from the Thomas & Mack Center (TMC) will be tape delayed. The broadcast schedule is as follows:

Monday, June 13