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Liberty Photography Student Claims National Award

Liberty Photography Student Claims National Award

By Nicole Kowalewski, Liberty High School

 

Junior Janelle McCarthy is not only one of the few individuals in the country that can say they’ve won a gold medal in a Scholastic Arts Competition, but she is also the only student in Liberty history to receive such an honor for photography.

Having taken the award-winning photo on a whim, McCarthy’s piece had no prior planning and originally wasn’t even considering submitting it.

“I really wanted this [award] and this is a big deal for me, so to win was really cool,” McCarthy said.

Photography teacher Tara Ferro said this competition is meant to represent a student’s best work. They are first judged at a regional level, and then have the opportunity to advance nationally.

“I am beside myself and I still don’t believe that [her winning] is real,” Ferro said. “I know I say it a lot, but words can’t express how proud I am.”

Henderson Boasts Circus Fun, Too

A new option for fun comes to the Southeast.

The newest edition of Circus Vargas has moved its big top tent from Las Vegas to the Galleria at Sunset mall, 1300 W. Sunset Road, for performances in Henderson through Monday.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Bored Kids Have Plenty of Choices in Southern Nevada

Bored Kids Have Plenty of Choices in Southern Nevada

Throughout the valley, kids with time on their hands during winter break can find fun.

"I'm bored. What are we doing today?"

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Longtime Headliners Shine for Locals, Tourists in Off-Strip Venues

Longtime Headliners Shine for Locals, Tourists in Off-Strip Venues

The Orleans, South Point and various Station properties provide entertainment for the locals' market.

All the world's a stage.

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

 

Opera by the Lake Planned for Sunday

Opera by the Lake Planned for Sunday

A southern Nevada opera company will be performing a modern opera at Lake Las Vegas Sunday.

Sin City Opera will be performing “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. It is the first opera ever written specifically for television. It was first performed in the 50s by the NBC Opera Theatre. The opera has a Christmas theme, telling the tale of a shepherd boy who meets the Magi as they journey to visit the Christ Child.

This performance will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Village Lake Las Vegas. The performance is free and open to all ages.

Liberty High School Student Wins First in Holiday Card Contest

Liberty High School Student Wins First in Holiday Card Contest

A senior from Liberty High School is the first place winner in the Public Education Foundation Holiday Art Contest. This year’s theme was “Peace, Love, Joy.”

Cameron Dearborn was selected from more than 300 entries received from elementary, middle and high school students from around the district. His artwork will be featured on the foundation’s 2011 holiday card. The card goes out to approximately 16,000 people in the community. He will also get a $25 gift card to Blick Art Materials.

The second place winner was Paulani Wong, a junior at West Career & Technical Academy. Third place went to Haley Grantham who is also a junior at West Career & Technical Academy. All three winners will be honored at a special ceremony Monday.

The teachers of the winning students also received a $50 gift card to The Cheesecake Factory.

Concert Promises New Twist on Classical Music

A two-week program where southern Nevada students were able to interact with a world-renowned musician is culminating in a concert Saturday.

Alpin Hong has spent the past two weeks working with students from Basic High School, the Las Vegas Academy, Nevada School of Arts and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra. Hong is a Juilliard-trained pianist dedicated to teaching kids about the basics of music.

Hong and the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra will collaborate on a unique show at the Henderson Pavilion. The show is called "Heroes & Villains, Might & Magic: A Musical Battle Royale for the Future." The show will showcase classical works, but Hong and the students have put a modernized twist on the music.