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Green Valley High Band Heads to China

Green Valley High Band Heads to China


The Green Valley High School band left Wednesday for a trip to China.

The band will be playing at the International Tourism Expo in Shanghai. Students held several fundraisers to pay for the airfare but the organizers paid for the rest of the expenses.

"Our school really believes in the arts and makes it a priority. Obviously, parents of these students did a great job supporting us,” said Green Valley High School band director Diane Koutsulas.

Koutsulas says supportive parents and school administrators are helpful to make a successful band but she also has hard-working kids.

Ninety students and 10 adults will be making the trip. The band made a national appearance last year when they played in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.

College Application, Scholarship Workshop on Tap

College Application, Scholarship Workshop on Tap

High school seniors-to-be can find help applying for college and obtaining scholarships at an upcoming workshop.

The Henderson Blue Ribbon Commission On Educational Excellence and Youth Opportunity (Blue Ribbon Commission) is hosting its annual college application and scholarship workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 20 and Wednesday, Sept. 21 at the Henderson Multigenerational Center, 250 S. Green Valley Pkwy.

The free program is sponsored by the City of Henderson Parks and Recreation Department. Parents and teens may RSVP before Sept. 13 by calling 267-4016. Walk-ins are also welcome pending space availability.

Silverado Grad Wins $64,000 Bowling Scholarship

Silverado Grad Wins $64,000 Bowling Scholarship

A recent Silverado High graduate bowled his way into a college education in early August.

Using a strong showing late in his final match, 18-year-old Zack Hattori clinched the richest scholarship prize in bowling history to conclude the 14th annual Teen Masters bowling championships at Grand Central Terminal in New York.

Hattori defeated 16-year-old Rachel Vaughn of Port St. Lucie, Fla., 190-184 and 207-178, to win the best-of-two-game championship match and lock up a four-year, $64,000 scholarship package.

“This is life-changing for me,” Hattori, a 2011 Silverado graduate, said. “I’m excited and I’m shocked. I was struggling thinking about college, but it’s all coming together now. My whole goal was to bowl in college. Bowling has been my gateway to get there, and now it’s more real than ever.”

Students Get a Look at a Police Robot

Students Get a Look at a Police Robot


Students at Wolff Elementary School got an up-close look at the robot used by the Henderson SWAT team on Thursday.

Henderson Police showed off the robot to teacher Trisha Christensen's fifth-grade class. The class has spent the whole year studying robots. Thursday's demonstration gave them a chance to see how a robot is used in everyday situations. 

"It is really exciting for the kids and the parents who helped set this up. It really culminates the activity and helps them see what we are doing can be applied in the real world," said teacher Trisha Christensen. 

"The technology I learned is much more than we can think of it to be, it is much more than power in our computer, it lets you play our favorite video game. It can save a life or take a life," added fifth-grader Carlos Gonzalez. 

The department bought the robot in December 2010 through a grant from the Justice Department. 



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:

Teacher Sky Dives into Carnival

Teacher Sky Dives into Carnival

A teacher from Harmon Elementary School will make a daring entrance into Friday night's PTA carnival.

Jim Dolan and three other friends will jump from a plane and land in a space just behind the school during the party. The carnival benefits the school and the Parent-Teacher Association. Dolan is the school's physical education teacher and a professional skydiver with more than 4,000 jumps under his belt. This is not the first time he's jumped at the event, he's been jumping and landing at the carnival for more than 10 years.

The carnival is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. but the jump is set for 6 p.m. 

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