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Liberty Takes Top Honors in Journalism Contest


Liberty High School claimed the top prize at Monday’s high school journalism awards, sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, at the Suncoast.

For the first time in school history, the Liberty Tribune newspaper took the Best Newspaper category in the competition. Durango came in second and Green Valley finished third, while Sierra Vista won Honorable Mention.

The Tribune also won the most total awards at the ceremony with 19.  

Editor-in-chief Brittney Loiselle won the Most Valuable Staff Member award.

Here is a rundown of Liberty’s awards:

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

UFC Fighters Bring Anti-Bullying Message to School

UFC Fighters Bring Anti-Bullying Message to School


Two people known for being tough brought the message of protecting students from bullying to a southern Nevada middle school.

Two Ultimate Fighting Championship fighters presented an anti-bullying seminar at Schofield Middle School Tuesday.

Matt Hughes is a former champion and Demetrious Johnson is the current flyweight champion. Both men had a message for the kids: when it comes to fighting bullying, there is strength in numbers.

"One of my friends isn't going to get bullied because I am going to stick up for him. So, hopefully now, we have got people to stick up for people that could be bullied and definitely go the faculty," retired UFC fighter Matt Hughes said.

Johnson also told the 900 kids at the assembly that he and his brother were bullied at school. He wanted them to know that bullying can have a lifelong impact on a person's life.

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health

Greenspun Students Campaign for Lake Mead Health


A group of local middle school students wants southern Nevadans to be aware of what they call an environmental hazard at Lake Mead.

Greenspun Junior High School Leadership Club students are launching a public campaign about “the dangers and the damage done by the use of carbureted 2-stroke engines.”

In 2013, a ban on personal watercrafts with carbureted 2-stroke engines went into effect to help reduce pollution at the lake. Leadership Club students, led by educators Gwendolyn Buckles and Katie Litzenberg, started an educational campaign named “Lake MEad.” It focuses on the effects pollution has in southern Nevada’s public recreation areas.

The students created a multimedia campaign to spread the word about the 2-stroke engine ban at the lake. During their after-school club, students chose this cause as their annual community project.

Henderson Students Take Top Honors in Car Competition


Two students from Henderson took top honors in a statewide competition for young auto technicians.

Seth Butwinick and Nicholas Iverson of Coronado High School took top honors in the Nevada finals of the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition.  

Winners were determined by the teams' scores in a written exam and their ability to quickly and accurately repair a disabled car.

The winning team will now go on to represent Nevada in a national contest which will be held in June in Dearborn, Michigan.

Nick Bible and Garrett Anderson from Arbor View High School took second place.

Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max

Best Guesser Meets Mojave Max


The student who most accurately guessed the time that Mojave Max would emerge met the desert tortoise, during a visit to his habitat Wednesday.

Fourth-grader Kayla Marshall of Gehring Elementary School was joined by her whole class in the visit to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor's Center.

Besides meeting Max, the students got T-shirts and a pizza party. She also received a digital camera, a laptop computer and free year-long pass to federally managed lands.

Kayla missed the actual time that the tortoise would emerge from his burrow by only two minutes. Max left his burrow at 1:45 p.m. March 14. He had been in a state known as brumation, which is the reptile version of hibernation, since the fall.

When the weather warms up and there is more daylight, the tortoise makes his way out of his burrow. It is considered one of the most accurate signs of spring in the Mojave Desert.

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity Win Awards for Students


Winners recently were announced for the 6th annual UNLV Coaches Challenge, a program that encourages children to choose healthy food and participate in physical activity.

This year’s Coaches Challenge included more than 13,000 elementary school children from 112 schools. The program experienced its best success since 2007.

A UNLV head coach will visit each winning classroom throughout May to congratulate the students.

This year’s UNLV Coaches Challenge winning classrooms represent four elementary schools: