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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. 

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest

Gehring Elementary Student Makes Winning Guess in Mojave Max Contest


A fourth grader from Gehring Elementary School is the winner of this year's Mojave Max Emergence Contest.

Kayla Marshall's guess of when the desert tortoise would emerge from its burrow was closest to the actual time. She was off by only two minutes.

Max ended his brumation, which is the reptilian form of hibernation, at 1:45 p.m. March 14. The desert tortoise is one of the best predictors of spring in the Mojave Desert, because he only comes out when the weather is warm enough, and there is enough daylight.

Kayla was one of 5,200 students who entered this year's contest. Her great guess earned a pizza party for her class and prizes for her. 

The program is a partnership between the Clark County School District, The Bureau of Land Management and Clark County. The idea is to help students better understand their desert home. 

New Recording Studio to Open

New Recording Studio to Open


A new recording studio is set to open in southern Nevada early next month.

The International Academy of Design and Technology announced Thursday it has finished a new, 2,500-square-foot recording and mixing studio on its campus at 2495 Village View Drive, Henderson.

Vegas View Recording is a state-of-the-art studio that will be used to teach students how to record and mix sound, but it will also be available for hourly or daily lease by people needing a high-quality studio.

The studio includes a vocal booth, 1,200 square-foot live recording room and a control room with a view of the Las Vegas Strip.

The studio is officially open for business April 2. 

Green Valley High Schools Take on Bullying

Green Valley High Schools Take on Bullying


Students from Green Valley High School spent Friday working on a music video designed to curb bullying.

The students used the skills they have been learning in the advanced theatre class at Green Valley High School to act out scenarios of bullying that happen too often.

The students turned actors want to show the impact bullying can have on people.

"I want people to really pay attention to how words and actions can affect other people. Things you say and do can have a big impact on others," senior Courtney Burns said.

Burns says she was bullied in middle school, and she drew on those experiences to help the video.

The whole thing is part of the Clark County School District's effort to stop bullying in the valley's schools.

New Cooking School Opening in March

New Cooking School Opening in March


A new cooking school is opening in an area of the Las Vegas valley becoming known for its culinary choices.

The Cooking Experience by Mise En Place, which is the culinary term for organizing ingredients, will have its first classes starting March 1. The school is focused on improving the skills of novice cooks and experienced chefs.

The classes will be taught by Chef Cody Hinckley and Chef Dave Lachowski in a state-of-the-art kitchen-classroom.

The school also plans to offer specialty classes throughout the year taught by renowned chefs from some of the top restaurants in southern Nevada.

Classes will be held Thursday through Sunday but will be expanding in April. People can choose from several different classes, including gourmet cuisine, lunch or dinner, skills and techniques. There are also special classes available for children.

The school is in Sansone Park Place shopping center, which is on Eastern and Serene avenues.

Senator Heller Speaks to Silverado Students

Senator Heller Speaks to Silverado Students


Government students at Silverado High School got an inside look at a career in politics during a special class Friday.

Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada stopped to talk to the seniors about working in politics and the current political climate in Washington.

Following the speech, Heller answered questions from students on a variety of topics, including education, budgets and immigration. 

LHS Student to Appear on Nevada Newsmakers

By Joshua Wikler

Communications Director, Liberty High School


Liberty High School senior Bryce Petersen will be a guest on Nevada Newsmakers this month for the show's 9th Annual Teen Edition.  Petersen will be a guest political pundit and will join with eight other students on the panel.

Petersen was chosen after he submitted an application to be on the show.  He was encouraged by his AP Government instructor, Bryan Lynaugh. 

"I have seen many examples of [Bryce's] talent and have long been impressed by his diligence and work ethic," Lynaugh said.  "I couldn't be more pleased with the decision [Nevada Newsmakers] made in selecting Bryce to represent [Liberty] on this show."