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Piano Prodigy, 13, Hopes to Make Mark on Music

A teenage piano player already owns credentials most only dream about attaining.

Victoria Young takes her seat at a modest upright Sohmer piano in the small Green Valley rental condominium she and her mother call home. After an hour of conversation that has gone from Teletubbies to virtual high school and a hectic piano practice schedule, Victoria is ready to shine, playing Frederic Chopin’s “Winter Wind.”

Read more at the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Coronado Student Earns College Scholarship

Coronado Student Earns College Scholarship

A student at Coronado High School recently earned a $4,000 college scholarship from the Siemens Foundation.

Mitra Jefic is one of 75 students in 21 states who won the scholarship, which is given out in installments of $1,000 per academic year. 

The Siemens Merit Scholarship is an award given to children of Siemens U.S. employees based on high scores on the PSAT, as well as academic record, activities, contribution to the community, school recommendation and an essay about personal characteristics, plans and goals.

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work

Liberty Student Honored for Green Work


Earlier this week, senior Samantha Banz was given the Certificate of Commendation by City of Henderson Councilwoman Debra March.

The presentation took place at the annual GreenFest in honor of Earth Day at the Springs Preserve last week.

"She did a great job, and we are very happy, and feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and wonderful daughter," Sonja Rogers-Banz, Samantha’s mother, said. "She shines inside and out."

Earlier in the year, Banz was invited, along with other members of CCSD's "green" Eco-Ambassador program, to speak in front of the CCSD Board of School Trustees. She spoke about the green movement at Liberty High School along with her experiences at the National Green School Conference in Florida. 

Veterans Needed as Treatment Program Mentors

Veterans Needed as Treatment Program Mentors


Calling all veterans: the city of Henderson needs your help to work with your peers.

The Henderson Municipal Court is seeking volunteer veterans to serve as mentors for defendants enrolled in Veterans Treatment Court. Mentors help coach and guide veterans through the court treatment program.

Veterans Treatment Court is an alternative sentencing program for military veterans charged with misdemeanor crimes while struggling to readjust to civilian life. Many wrestle with substance abuse and mental illness that appear to be related to military service. Veterans Treatment Court focuses on the veteran’s underlying issues and provides access to resources that enable successful compliance with the court’s orders.

BMX Star Laguna to Appear at Bike Swap Event

BMX Star Laguna to Appear at Bike Swap Event


Henderson’s bike swap event will feature a special guest this year: local professional BMX rider Ricardo Laguna.

Laguna will appear at the city’s inaugural Bicycle Swap & Rally, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at Cornerstone Park, 1600 Wigwam Parkway. Admission is free.

Laguna will make an appearance at 12:30 p.m. to meet and greet participants and to discuss bike safety, including the importance of wearing a helmet. He also will talk about becoming a BMX rider and discuss his best tricks.

On the BMX circuit since 2003, Laguna has won many international BMX events around the world. He also has an MTV reality show “The Ricardo Laguna Project.”  

Cohen Appointed to Mastroluca's Seat


Lesley Cohen was appointed earlier this week to fill the Nevada State Assembly seat abruptly vacated by April Mastroluca in November.

Mastroluca, a Democrat, recently had been selected to a third term representing District 29 in Henderson when she resigned weeks after the election, citing family reasons.

Cohen will serve on the Education, Judiciary, and Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committees in the 2013 legislative session.

“I’ve always deeply cared about my community, and the state of Nevada,” Cohen said. “I am excited to serve in Carson City, and I look forward to the opportunity to work on issues that will have an immediate and long-term impact on all Nevadans.”

Liberty HS Seniors to Appear on Katie Couric Show

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School

Liberty High School goes big time this week when two students appear Wednesday on The Katie Couric Show.

As a result of a fundraiser hosted by Liberty seniors Joseph Maurer and Ryan Popowcer for the Michael J. Fox Foundation, the two have been invited to appear on the show featuring Fox. 

The boys’ plight caught the attention of a producer for the show after an article was published in The View on October 30.

The fundraiser raised nearly $2,000 and the boys had already raised $1,000 prior to the event at Sunrise Cafe on Eastern Avenue. Maurer and Popowcer have set a goal to raise $5,000 for the foundation.