Nevada's Pride Class of 2005

Area Technical Trade Center


Martha Morales


Martha Morales is a busy student.  She attends Area Technical Trade Center in the morning and Rancho High School in the afternoon.  At ATTC Martha studies Hotel Operations, which is a two-year program.  Martha also works a full-time job at the front desk of Arizona Charlie's. As if she isn't busy enough Martha is a mother of a three-year old little girl.  Balancing school, work, and being a single mother becomes a challenge every day to accomplish, but she welcomes the challenge.  Martha plans on attending the University of Nevada Las Vegas and will major in Hotel Administration.  Her goal is to become a General Manager of a hotel.  She also plans on giving back to her community by helping teenage pregnant moms and to work with college students in internship programs.  



Basic High School


Lindsay Gilmour


Lindsay is one of Basic High School's valedictorians. She plays the viola in the orchestra, sings with the choir and has performed with Josh Groban.  She is a varsity athlete in swimming and golf. She has also spent time volunteering in the community, working at St. Rose Hospital and delivering food to the needy through the Las Vegas Rescue Mission. She has been accepted to several major universities (Notre Dame, Villanova, UC Santa Barbara) and will study engineering.


Dylan Kesterson


Dylan has been an Honor Roll student throughout his four years at Basic High School. He is a varsity athlete; an accomplished artist winning many awards, and has reached the highest possible level as an Eagle Scout. He is very active in his church, holding leadership roles on many committees and groups. He has performed community service through his church and through the Boy Scouts. He intends to go to NAU and major in forestry.


Bishop Gorman High School


Krystal Jackson


Krystal Jackson is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School.  She is the 2004-2005 Student Body President and is a four-year member of student government at Bishop Gorman. She has been a student ambassador during her entire high school career and was a LINK crew leader during her senior year.  She has contributed as a JC and workshop leader at the zone and state level of the Nevada Association of Student Councils and helped to lead the very first mid level leadership workshop for Catholic and private schools in the Las Vegas area in February of this year. Krystal is also a four-year member of the Varsity Soccer team and has played across the country with her club team.  She was also Bishop Gorman's female candidate for the High School Hiesmann award.


Tim Miles


Tim Miles is a senior at Bishop Gorman High School.  He is Executive Board Vice-President of the Associated Student Government and is a 3-year member of this organization. Tim helped to start the first mid level leadership workshop for Catholic and private schools in Las Vegas.   He is also an officer of the Thespians and has had starring roles in several campus theater productions.  Tim has also been a member of the varsity tennis team for the past three years.


Bonanza High School


Vanessa Brown


Vanessa Brown is a very well rounded individual (i.e. civic-minded, academically oriented, and athletically motivated). Vanessa has significantly and consistently contributed to ever facet of community life. She is reliable, honest, trustworthy, respectful, and dedicated.  Vanessa has excelled as a student, a citizen, and an individual.


Daniel Yoken


Daniel Yoken is a civic-minded and academically motivated individual. He has (and continues to) excel at a variety of endeavors, especially academia and community service. Daniel is motivated, disciplined, and focused with a mature demeanor and perspective.


Boulder City High School


Diane Stajszczak


Diane is never one to be intimidated by a challenge, Diane has chosen to experience the most rigorous academic courses and has done it with great success and will graduate with High Honors.  Sports play an important role on Diane's life.  She has earned letters in soccer, basketball, and softball and also earned the Scholar Athlete award.   Diane's accomplishment as an athlete has qualified her for a place in the Who's Who Among High School Athletes publication.  While at BCHS, Diane has chosen to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities.  She worked in the student store, helped with numerous dances, was a representative in student council, has been an active member of the We the People Club, and was a dance team participant.  In addition, Diane has also given her time and energies to charitable food and clothing drives.  Diane has been accepted to the University of Nevada Reno, where she will study nutrition and to eventually work with children's health care issues. 


Conrad Trimbath


Conrad is currently a Valedictorian candidate for Boulder City High School.  Like many exceptional students, Conrad has varied academic interests.  Although, he is currently leaning in the direction of a possible career path in law or political science, he still wishes to explore other options and feels college experience will assist him in this.  In Conrad's personal life, he has learned the meaning of compassion and acceptance.  This is due to the fact that for many years he has assisted his family in providing a loving foster home for an adult with autism.  Conrad is an active member of the National Honor Society and Link Crew, an organization that works to orient new students to Boulder City High School.  For the past three years, Conrad has lettered in tennis.  His great passion, however, is hockey.  Through natural ability, and a great deal of hard work and dedication, he has become an exceptionally talented hockey player in a part of the country that does not "grow" many.  Conrad is an intelligent and articulate person who is well prepared to enter the adult world and make his mark.


Centennial High School


Andrew Hair


Andrew Hair is currently a senior at Centennial High School, and has been actively involved in both school and community projects.  A member of the National Honor Roll, Andrew is listed in Who's Who Among High School Students, has received the Centennial Academic Letter award three times, and just recently received the Centennial Scholar Athlete Award.  Andrew has been a member of the volleyball team for the past four years, and is Vice-President of the Japanese Club.  A member of the band at Centennial, Andrew is proficient in playing the trumpet and French horn, and was elected by his peers as the drum major for the Marching Band for this school year.  In addition to his many school activities, Andrew is very active in his community, having received his Eagle Scout Award, and in his church, participating on many youth committees.


Lauren Holley


Lauren Holley is currently a senior at Centennial High School and is Student Body President.  A member of student council, Lauren has served as Freshman Class Secretary, Sophomore class Vice-President, Jr. class Vice President, and now as president, and is a member of the Nevada Association of Student Council's State Board, serving as it's State Conference Co-Chairman.  She is also a member of National Honor Society, and a yearbook staff member.  Outside of school Lauren is involved in church leadership roles in the Young Women's program, such as Mia Maid class first and second counselor, and Laurel class secretary.  Within this program she does monthly community service projects benefiting members of the church, as well as others who are in need.  Doing so has earned her the Young Womanhood Medallion, the highest honor given in the Young Women's program.  Her grades are a reflection not only of her work ethic, but also of her love of learning, as demonstrated by her 4.4 grade point average.  Her interest in learning has also resulted in a keen interest in life and culture, providing the opportunity to travel to Romania and Beijing, China where she was a volunteer for five weeks during the summer of 2004 at an English camp at Tsinghua University.


Chaparral High School


Kristi Howard


Kristi Howard has taken a rigorous curriculum and maintained a high GPA throughout her 4 years at Chaparral.  An active member of honor society, Kristi is also a member of Chaparral's golf team.  She has participated in community service throughout her high school career, volunteering at a variety of places including George E. Harris and Harley Harmon Elementary schools, St. Vincent's, parks and recreation and Paradise Recreation

Center.  She was also a delegate to Girls' State.


Shawn Pugh


Well-rounded describes Shawn Pugh.  He is an excellent student who has taken very challenging classes while maintaining a high GPA during his 4 years at Chaparral.  Competitive, he finds time to run cross-country and participate in Varsity Quiz.  He is in student council and serves on the senior class committee.   He attended the Southern Zone Leadership Conference. Shawn is also a member of honor society.  He has participated in community service at Salvation Army, St. Vincent's and George E. Harris

Elementary School.



Cheyenne High School


Shaquala Douglas


Shaquala Shonte' Douglas is currently an honor roll student at Cheyenne High School.  Shaquala holds class office as Vice President and Treasurer.  She is very active both inside and outside of school and takes part in her school's Leadership program.  Shaquala is also a member of her school's chapter of the National Honor Society. Shaquala played basketball for three years and earned her varsity letter her junior year of high school.  Outside of school, Shaquala takes part in many church activities such as chorus, praise dancing, praise signing, and stepping.  Her community work includes educational forums such as Teen Town Hall and Sun Youth Forum.  As well as the many drives Cheyenne High School sponsors to help those in need.   Shaquala also volunteered to read at a local elementary school.  Last summer Shaquala had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. to take part in an educational program known as the Presidential Classroom.  This allowed her to explore the world of politics and law up close and personal, as well as meeting government officials, which she learned a great deal about our government system.  Shaquala has been awarded many prestigious awards, such as Who's Who Among American High School Students and the National Honor Roll.   


Joshua Mendiola


Joshua C. Mendiola sees himself as an exceptional student at Cheyenne High School.  He has represented his school to the best of his ability in sports, academics, clubs and volunteer work.  Academically, Joshua is ranked number 32 out of 531 students with a grade point average of 3.851.  Joshua is a leader and currently holds office as the Student Body 1st Vice-President and Treasurer.  He also has been involved for the past two years as the Chairman of the Power Puff Committee, Student Body/Class Officer Elections Committee, and Homecoming Court Committee.  Joshua's volunteer work consists both on and off campus.  He tutor's students one to two times a week for the National Honor Society and participated in the Earth Club's field trip to clean up an area at Lake Mead.  He has also volunteered to sing and play bingo with the elderly at a memory loss facility and he is currently being trained to be a Junior Counselor for the 2005 Leadership State Conference.  Off campus, Joshua is a member in his Church Choir and a teacher's aid for a youth group.  Joshua has also volunteered for Catholic Charities, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission and students in the Polynesian Club at Sedway Middle School.


Cimarron-Memorial High School


Brooke Moody


Ms. Brooke Moody is point of pride for Cimarron-Memorial High School.   She currently is the 2004-05 CMHS Student Body President.  Additional extra-curricular activities included:  Freshmen Cheer Captain, Freshmen Class Vice President, Varsity Dance, Sophomore Class Vice President, Student Body Secretary, and National Honor Society.  Brooke has received a National Honor Society white letter in academics, a lamp for academics, a letter for student council, and was the 2004-05 Homecoming Queen.  Brooke has been dedicated to community service:  volunteer at Ronald McDonald House for three years, volunteer at various retirement homes for four years, organized four annual canned food drives for the Salvation Army, organized three annual school clothing drives, and organized a book drive that donated hundreds of books to an elementary school.  Brooke has a weighted GPA of 4.455 and her class rank is 15 out of 573.  She is a dedicated, organized, and creative CMHS student who we readily salute and applaud. 



David Rhoads


David Rhoads has excelled in every area.  In addition to his academic success with a GPA of 4.541, scoring 5 on the US History AP Exam, scoring 4 on the Chemistry AP Exam, and scoring 3 on the English Language and Composition AP Exam, David has shown talent as a leader in school and community activities.  His independent thinking motivates creativity and initiative, as shown by his many awards:  Eagle Scout, President's Volunteer Service Award, Las Vegas City Council Youth Leadership Award, Academic Letter, Scholar Athlete Award, Las Vegas Sun Youth Forum representative for the CLASS Magazine, Nevada Boys' State Delegate, and College AP Scholar. 


David was President of the CMHS Engineering Design Group for two years.  This group won the Regional Competition on April 3 and is bound for the national competition in Atlanta.  He was also the president of the National Honor Society, leading 60 members in community fundraisers, service projects, and school activities.  David has volunteered at the Greek Food Festival, served as a D.A.R.E. role model, speaking to fifth grade classes, has volunteered three times a month at the Temple Beth Am Adult Day Care Center, dancing and playing board games with senior citizens.  His Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project included design, organization, direction, and construction of a new section of walkway in the City of Las Vegas Pueblo Park.  David also volunteered for a committee to design the Summerlin Council's website. 



Clark High School


Jarron Gray


As a student in the Academy of Finance Magnet Program at Clark High School, Jarron Gray has demonstrated exceptional ability in the completion in of all his course work.  He also is an active member of the Clark High School Marching Band, Symphonic Band, and orchestra and wind ensemble.  Jarron received the honor of being placed in the national registry of Who's Who in American High School Students and was selected to attend the National Leadership Conference in Washington D.C.  He is a member of DECA and will participate at the national level in the Distributive Education Club of America's competition this school year.  As the treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America, Jarron volunteers much of his time working on fund-raisers for the United Way and the March of Dimes.



Sam Scheller


Sam Scheller has been an integral part of Clark High School over the past four years.  He is currently the Battalion Executive Officer at the school's NJROTC program and is the Lead Technician in charge of operations in our new theatre.  In his junior year, Sam was selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum that focused on diplomacy and defense.  As he possesses extraordinary skills in technology, over the past four years, Sam has helped various organizations throughout our school utilize new technology equipment.  During his senior year, Sam was employed with a ski and snowboard resort, and he also attended CCSN to study to be an EMT.  As he is most passionate about helping people, after high school, Sam plans on using his EMT knowledge as a ski patroller.  Sam's long-term plan is to become a paramedic with the fire department.



Community College High School – East


Bethany Seastrund


Beth has been with the Community College High School since her junior year.  In addition to maintaining a 3.5 G.P.A, Beth has dedicated her time for the last 5 years with Helping Hands of North Las Vegas.  The volunteers perform an annual play with 100% of the proceeds helping the senior citizens.  Beth also visits the Cheyenne Residential Care Center twice a week and serves meals during the holidays at a homeless shelter.  Beth Seastrund is an amazing and compassionate young lady.



Community College High School – West


Sarah Newman


Choices! All students have unlimited choices when it comes to their future, and Sarah Newman is no exception. As a student at the Community College High School, Sarah has pursued a rigorous curriculum in preparation for her future.  She will graduate with a cumulative 3.985-weighted G.P.A at CCHS. She will be awarded the honors diploma at her graduation in June and will have completed 9 college courses and earned over 27 college credits. After graduation Sarah plans to enroll at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She will be a Millennium Scholar at UNLV where she plans on exploring her education and career choices. Those choices for Sarah include an interest in Fashion Design, and a related field of Costume Design for the stage or movies. Sarah also has a love of nature and the outdoors, and so she is also considering majoring in Biology to pursue a career as a Park Ranger. Whatever Sarah chooses to do, she will do well and with the same passion that she has pursued her high school career. Sarah has been an active part of this school's student body and has earned the respect of her peers, the faculty, and the administration. For all these reasons and more, Sarah Newman is Community College High School's and Nevada's Pride.


Ryan Ward


"Your Honor!  I object!" are the words that Ryan Ward will someday use in his chosen profession as an attorney. This spring Ryan will graduate from the Community College High School and plans to enroll at the University of Nevada, Reno. Ryan will be a Millennium Scholar at UNR where he plans to major in Political Science and English in an effort to better prepare himself for the rigors of law school. Ryan has had an active and very productive high school career. He has maintained a cumulative 3.992 weighted G.P.A at CCHS and will be awarded the honors diploma at his graduation after completing 14 college courses and earning over 42 college credits. He has been an active part of this schools student body and has earned the respect of his peers, the faculty and the administration. For all of these reasons and more, Ryan Ward is Community College High School's and Nevada's Pride.


Coronado High School


Anthony Anguille


Academically, Anthony is a superior student.  His flawless transcript and rigorous course selection are reflective of his dedication to learning.  Anthony is an overachiever with an incredible inner drive for success and a tenacious willingness to broaden his academic horizons. Currently, Anthony is the only male member on Coronado's cheerleading squad.  He has been on the squad for the past two years.  He has handled this unique situation of being the first male member exceptionally.  In the past, he diffused negative criticism form parents and students by always being appropriate.  In fact because of Anthony's fine example three of our football players tried out and participated on the squad during basketball season.  Outside of school, Anthony further expands his life knowledge with community service organizations and personal enrichment programs.



Brittany Taufer


Due to Brittany's outstanding grades in a rigorous academic program, which includes seventeen honors and advanced placement classes, Brittany will complete her senior year with high honors.  She currently ranks in the top ten percent of a competitive senior class.  Her 4.4-weighted grade point average (3.76-unweighted) is a testament to her superior abilities and work ethic.  Brittany is actively involved, and enjoys participating, in school and various church and community-related activities.  She is a member of Student Council, volunteers many hours working with non-profit organizations, and has served in various leadership capacities in the Young Women's Program in her church.  Brittany is currently a member of National Honor Society and was named October's Rotary Student of the Month.  Brittany always strives to do her best in all her scholastic as well as in her extracurricular activities as demonstrated by her academic achievements and the accolades she has received as a member of Coronado High School's band program.  She has been an integral member of the band program for four years serving as section leader for marching band, first chair Saxophonist, drum major for the past two years, and an active volunteer for pep band, musical pit orchestra, solo ensemble, and many other non-Coronado High School musical activities.   Due to her outstanding musical talents, Brittany has been selected to the Clark County School District Honor Band each of her four years at Coronado.


Desert Pines High School


Denise Escobar


Denise Escobar has been a member of the Jaguar Student Council since her sophomore year. She has served as the Sophomore Class Secretary, the Junior Class Vice-President, and, as a senior, the Student Body President. In her many varied roles and responsibilities as a leader, she is the first to accept responsibility, the first to carry through with her duties, and the first to accept constructive criticism. Miss Escobar has an amazing ability to unite those around her to accomplish incredible goals. Her compassion and great capacity for understanding make her a natural peacemaker and caregiver to those she leads. In just the past few months, Denise has led the Student Council and the entire school to raise money for those stricken by horrible tragedies. Through her organization and leadership, Desert Pines High School raised over $2,186.00 in just 60 seconds to donate to Save the Children's Tsunami disaster relief. Two weeks later, she spearheaded a second campaign to raise money for a DPHS student who lost both parents in a matter of 30 days and raised – in just 60 seconds - $1,200.00 to assist this student. And, just three weeks later, she organized yet another drive to raise money for another Desert Pines' student who lost her mother – raising $1,000.00 in only one minute!


Scott French


Scott has been awarded the American Legion bronze medal for academic excellence, the Daedalian Achievement medal for patriotism and service, and he has also been recognized within the program for demonstrated leadership as a cadet officer. He currently serves as the cadet battalion adjutant, the third highest position a cadet can hold. He is highly respected among the cadets.  He has been a long-time participant in community services. For the last 6 years he has devoted three hours every other Wednesday night teaching pre-k and kindergarten classes at his "children's church". Additionally, for the last five years he has volunteered one Saturday a month distributing food, clothing and games to children in the inner city as part of "children's outreach." Also, since 2003, every Wednesday after school, he has tutored children at Roy Martin Middle School. And finally, since the start of this school year he has participated in the "Mi Mama y Yo" program at Tom Williams Elementary School tutoring kindergarten children learning to speak English.



Durango High School


Tanvi Patel


Although Tanvi excels academically, she also possesses the unique ability to lead and work together with her fellow students.  These characteristics have been demonstrated by her involvement at Durango and within the Las Vegas community.  Tanvi currently serves as student body vice-president, responsible for spirit assemblies and as an officer in Key Club.  She can often be found volunteering at Spring Valley Hospital, a local retirement center or fundraising for an event to benefit an area charity.  Tanvi represented Durango this past summer as a delegate to Nevada Girls' State where she played an active role as City Councilwoman, County Assessor, Director of State Gaming Commission, and Senate Page.


Joseph Wattoo


Joseph finds himself as busy outside the classroom as in.  He is a recognized campus leader, active in a variety of leadership and service-based organizations but also spends time volunteering in the greater Las Vegas community. Currently Student Body President, Joey is well respected by peers and faculty alike. In addition to his leadership accolades, Joey garners the esteem of fellow athletes as well.  He has been a key member of the state-recognized Durango men's golf team for the past four years. Between the extracurricular memberships, athletics and community service he has performed, it's no wonder why Joey is such a well-rounded student.


Eldorado High School


Emily Kingsland


Emily currently is the 2004-2005 Student Body President.  She is very active at her school and throughout her community.  Emily is involved in community service twice a week and is a member of the finance committee board at Eldorado.  Along with being in student council Emily is part of the Eldorado High School Marching Band.  She plays three instruments and has served as section leader for three years.  Emily is also an athlete and is a member of the Lady Devils Varsity Tennis Team.  Emily serves as the second counselor in her Young Women's program at her church.  In the fall, Emily will attend Utah University and will major in English.  Emily was awarded with the Sharwan Smith Leadership Scholarship Award from the University and her goal is to become a teacher.


Tyler McAllister


Tyler is set to receive an honors diploma, a very distinguished academic achievement.  The honors diploma indicates that Tyler has taken a number of highly challenging honors courses over the span of four years of high school.  In addition to taking on a rigorous academic schedule, Tyler has been involved in a number of leadership and extracurricular activities.  Tyler has pursued an active role in leadership at Eldorado by being a member of the Student Council, as well as Senior Class Activities Coordinator.  Tyler also represented his high school as a student athlete in the sports of football, basketball, and baseball, all at the varsity level. He received All State Academic Team for basketball and baseball. Tyler has been involved with his community in several different aspects.  He has volunteered his time in his neighborhood by helping clean community parks, pick up trash in neighborhoods, clean his church building, has mowed lawns for elderly people in his neighborhood and has volunteered his time to help people pack belongings and move into new homes.   Tyler has also given his time to help with organizations such as Inner City Games and Special Olympics.  He has been involved with fundraising by participating in Cancer Runs and collecting canned goods for the American Red Cross.  Tyler has been very giving of his free time to Eldorado High School by working to help office staff over the summer break.  Tyler is a well-rounded, diligent, and determined young man with ambitious purposes and a deep sense of personal responsibility.  Tyler aspires to pursue a degree that will lead him to a career in the sports medicine field. 



Faith Lutheran High School


Kristen Nelson


Kristen carried a 4.19 GPA and is ranked 9th out of 121 students at Faith Lutheran HS.  She has received numerous honors during her HS career.  Among them are the Girl's State Citizenship Award (11), National Honor Roll (11), Kiwanis Club Outstanding Leadership Award (11), and Nevada All-State Academic Team for Track and Field (10, 11) and FLHS AP Biology student of the year (11).  She has participated in Cheerleading and Track and Field in each of her high school years.  She has also held several leadership positions at Faith Lutheran:  Kiwanis Key Club Officer, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Cheerleading and Track Captains.  Perhaps the most important aspect of her time at Faith Lutheran has been her volunteer work for the Leukemia Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Vanished Children's Alliance. 


John Onyema


John maintains a 4.37 GPA and is ranked 2nd out of 121 students at Faith Lutheran HS.  He has received numerous honors during his time at Faith Lutheran.  A few of those are:  National Honor Roll (12), All-Sate Academic Soccer Team (12), All-State Academic Basketball Team (11, 12), Nevada Boy's State City Councilman (11), and FLHS AP US History Student of the Year.  He has participated in Varsity Soccer and Basketball in his years at FLHS.  John has been a member of the FLHS Peer Ministry team and the Applied Christianity class.  Both of these efforts have shown his ability to reach out through a caring and concerned manner to help those within the school, as well as others, in their spiritual needs.     


Foothill High School


Tiffany Draut


Tiffany will graduate Valedictorian of Foothill High School and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist.  She has been active in Orchestra, National Honor Society, Varsity Quiz, Science Bowl Team and the Southern Nevada Secondary Mathematics Competitions.  Tiffany has been a leader on the Varsity Quiz team as a treasurer and Vice-President. She has volunteered for the Henderson Recreational Center helping with league sports, The Red Cross and the Henderson Children's Christmas Parade.  Tiffany organized a one-woman toy drive and was able to send seven boxes of toys to children in Iraq.  She truly exemplifies Foothill High School's motto of going "Above and Beyond."


Ryan Walters


Ryan is a caring young man who manages an amazing amount of outside activities.  He will graduate with an Honors Diploma and with High Honors.  Ryan was Foothill High School's Boys' State Representative and Rotary Youth Leadership Award attendee.  He has been active in Interact Club his last three years of high school.  In   addition, he is a varsity basketball letter, Scholar Athlete Award recipient and winner of the West Point Bridge Design Competition. Ryan volunteers on a regular basis for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has been a Muscular Dystrophy camp counselor.  He also volunteers for the city of Henderson and has accumulated 1500+ hours of community service.  Ryan also exemplifies Foothill High School's motto of going "Above and Beyond."



Green Valley High School


Hesham Elnagar


Hesham is a first generation American who has the most loving and supportive family.  He is also enrolled in a rigorous and challenging scheme of classes.  In addition to a great deal of community service and his intense class load, Hesham is a talented member of the GVHS Concert Choir, Men's Choir and Madrigals.  He also performs in the school's musical productions, having been chosen for the lead in several plays.


Lisa Ikariyama


Lisa Ikariyama is a very special student who is enrolled in rigorous and challenging classes that attest to her motivation, persistence and commitment to excellence.  She is a class leader and highly respected by her peers and teachers.  Lisa participates in various activities, is involved in community service projects and has held officer positions for

various clubs at GVHS.



Indian Springs High School


Shelby Spina


Shelby describes her high school career as "rewarding".  Indian Springs High School is a small school, which gives Shelby the opportunity to participate in many things and see the difference she has made at Indian Springs High School and in the community.  Since her freshman year, Shelby has been involved in dance, basketball, track and football manager.  Shelby is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered her time to tutor younger students.  Shelby has also been involved in Student Government and serves as the Student Body President for Indian Springs High School and was elected into the Nevada Association of Student Councils State Board as the 1A Vice-President, representing all of the single A High Schools in the state of Nevada.  Shelby feels that coming from a small school she was able to achieve her goals and participate in many activities through her school and community, meeting many wonderful people and learning many lessons along the way. 


Stephen Walker


Being a student at Indian Springs High School has been a great experience for Stephen Walker.  Indian Springs class size allows students to excel academically and in extracurricular activities.  Stephen is the valedictorian for his class and has enjoyed playing football for four years and participated in wrestling, basketball, baseball and track.  He also plays tuba in the Varsity Band.  Stephen also finds time to be involved in the Drama Society, Spanish Club and Student Council.  He has also been an active member of the National Honor Society since his sophomore year.  Stephen volunteers his time at the Indian Springs Senior center three days a week preparing and delivering food for seniors who are bed-ridden or unable to leave their homes.  Stephen feels Indian Springs is an ideal place to go to school and is pleased to be a representative of his school.


Las Vegas Academy


Ashley Rae Martinez


Leading by example and service to others are the hallmark of Ashley's philosophy in life.   Ashley is recognized by her teachers as neither aggressive nor domineering in her leadership style; she just has an uncanny ability to bring people together, especially when things are going awry, and somehow gets everyone to buy-in to get things done.  Three of her last four years her peers have elected Ashley to represent them on the Student Council; she developed, coordinated and led a successful Library Reading Program for teens; and, if that isn't enough, Ashley can be found tutoring students in French and Math at the library or participating in various fund-raisers for victims of cancer, muscular dystrophy, and HIV.  Ashley thrives on this high level of activity.  Her teachers say, "Ashley never complains of too much work or looks for ways to cut corners.  She keeps going".  "You'll always see a smile on her face, and a can-do attitude". This kind of courage speaks volumes to Ashley's mature and charismatic leadership.


Mark Moskowitz


"If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters.  Excellence is not an exception; it is a prevailing attitude."

These words of Colin Powell personify the character and outlook of Mark Moskowitz.  Whether or not Mark is the elected/appointed leader, he is the spark plug who energizes a group.  Along with being a quality student, Mark is a person of high moral and personal character.  He is a quiet, unassuming, lead-by-example student with an innate ability to set a vision and mesh individual and group goals to achieve that vision.  His teachers describe him as "friendly", "down to earth", and "able to communicate with all types of people".  Consistent with his nature, and even with his intense academic, and practice and performance schedule, he can be found pursuing a demanding array of activities as the President of the Key Club; volunteering for projects with Kiwanis Club and with his church-United Synagogue Youth; all while working part time as a Page for the West Charleston Library. Bottom line is that when opportunity to serve others knocks, Mark responds.


Las Vegas High School


Paulo Faupel


Paulo Faupel is also an outstanding student sharing valedictorian honors with Stephanie, ranking #1 in the senior class of 648 kids!  Paulo is active in Key Club (a service organization) and has assisted Catholic Charities by making p-nut butter sandwiches each week for the homeless.  He volunteers at local pet stores to assist with animal adoptions and has spent a great deal of time assembling kennels for dogs and cats to be displayed.  He is a member of the National Honor Society and has assisted with campus clean up around our school.  He is a sensitive and smart young man.


Stephanie Pitts


Stephanie Pitts is an outstanding student and fine young lady.  She currently ranks #1 in a senior class of 648 students!  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Quiz team, Science Olympiad team and Science Bowl team. She volunteers her time at a local elementary school reading to students and assisting with campus clean up.  She also donates an enormous amount of time outside of the school setting in a variety of service projects, i.e., singing and playing the piano for bed-ridden women, cleaning church buildings, babysitting for parents while at funerals, sewing baby blankets for neonatal babies, and much, much, more!  Stephanie is a kind and caring young lady. 


Laughlin High School


Marcos Voelker


Marcos is an honor student, who has been involved in several extra curricular activities such as: The Boys and Girls Club, American Legion, Key Club, and the Interact Club. Marcos has spent hours cleaning up the environment surrounding Laughlin and each year he has worked with the Veterans setting up for Memorial Day activities.  Marcos has also been a four sport-athlete (football, wrestling, track and varsity quiz) for all four of his high school years.


Nicole Wichman


Nicole is an Honors student who has overcome a few medical challenges while maintaining a three-sport athletic career for all four years. She is in line to become Laughlin's Valedictorian with a current GPA of 4.589. Nicole plans on taking advantage of the Millennium Scholarship, while attending UNLV and majoring in Accounting and International Business. She plans on attending Graduate school in the field of Law.


Liberty High School


Colin Loretz


Colin is one amazing young man.  Colin is and always has been committed to his studies.  He will graduate from Liberty as Valedictorian for the class of 2005.  Colin is an honors student and commits himself to his studies while participating in most activities on campus.  Colin is currently the student body president of LHS.  He was selected to be a junior counselor for the National Student Council Conference in June 2004.  Colin serves on the Nevada State Student Council Board as the Webmaster.  Colin serves on the Student Advisory Board for the Clark County School District.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Cross Country Team, and attended Boy's State.  Colin is musically talented as he plays the bass.  Colin opened his own business called Loretz Designs earlier this year.  Within his business he designs Web pages for clients.  Community service is a priority in Colin's life whether volunteering for soup kitchens, running a toy drive, or organizing a can food drive, Colin is committed to his community.  Colin's volunteerism does not stop there; he also belongs to the Blue Ribbon Commission for the City of Henderson.  Colin planned a leadership conference for 400 local Henderson high school students.  He works to improve life in Henderson, Clark County, and Nevada.  Colin will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall to study Computer Science.


Rebecca Winkel


Rebecca is a student that is driven and at the top of her game.  She is committed to her studies and is able to keep in the top 3% of her class while participating in what some would say most school activities.  Rebecca will be graduating with an Honors Diploma and is an honors student.  Rebecca in currently the student body secretary for LHS.  She was selected to be a junior counselor for the National Student Council Conference in June 2004.  She is a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Softball Team, and is the Drum Major for the band.  Rebecca is extremely musically talented as she plays the trombone, flute, and piano.  She teaches piano in her spare time to make extra money for college.  Community service is a priority in Rebecca's life whether volunteering for soup kitchens, running a toy drive, or organizing a can food drive, Rebecca is committed to her community.  Rebecca also holds leadership roles at her church and serves on youth service committees within her church.  Rebecca's volunteerism does not stop there; she also belongs to the Blue Ribbon Commission for the City of Henderson.  Rebecca planned a leadership conference for 400 local Henderson high school students.  She works to improve life in Henderson, Clark County, and Nevada.  Rebecca will be attending BYU in the fall to student Music Education.



Moapa Valley High School


Samuel Leatham


Sam has served as the Student Body President for the 2005 graduating class. Sam headed a huge fundraiser for the community Cappalappa Family Resource Center through a freshman auction. During the Overton flood in January, Sam worked the entire week, sandbagging, helping to serve meals, and transporting and salvaging of property of flood victims. Sam routinely serves meals at the Senior Center. Sam is involved with humanitarian projects through his church. Sam earned his Eagle Scout Award his junior year. He designed and created a beautification project for the Clark County Fair Grounds. Sam has a passion for making home videos. He is currently an anchorman for the Moapa Valley TV station, using his creativity to take the broadcasts to all new heights. Next year Sam will begin his pre-dental training at BYU. He hopes to serve a mission with the LDS Church. His goal is to go into dental practice with his brother. It is no wonder we honor Sam as a Nevada Pride Scholar.


Amy Mulcock


Amy is truly a person who makes a difference. Amy is a natural leader, involving herself in school, church and community with endless energy. As a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Band, Varsity Orchestra, a Varsity Cheerleader, Amy sets high standards for herself, and is highly admired by her peers, and adults alike. During the Overton flood in January, Amy worked the entire week assisting flood victims every way she could. Amy volunteers at the Overton Senior Center, serving meals, and performing music. Amy has been a volunteer for the past two years with Relay For Life, and Desert Tortoise Preservation Society. Within her church, Amy ties baby blankets, and assembles school kits for under privileged children. Amy's passion is helping others. She is currently a tutor for a three-year old severely autistic child. Next fall Amy will begin the nursing program at SUU. She hopes to become a pediatric nurse. It is no wonder we recognize Amy as a Nevada Pride Scholar.


Mojave High School


Julio Rios


Julio Rios is a promising senior at Mojave High School.  He has been a member of the Mojave Baseball team for three years.  In addition to athletics, Julio has been a valued member of the Mojave National Honor Society where he has participated in countless community service activities such as volunteering at the children's ward at Sunrise Hospital, after school tutoring at Watson Elementary and Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, and volunteering with the local Little League.  Julio has also been a member of the Varsity Quiz team for the past two years where he represented Mojave High School in the interscholastic competition.  In addition, Julio is the president of the Mojave Chapter of SOL (Student Organization of Latinos) where he works closely with his officers and club members in order to promote school spirit while adding a Latin American flavor to activities.  Finally, Julio has accumulated numerous academic awards, which include Straight A Honor Roll for three years, Academic Letter, Who's Who Among American High School Students, the National Honor Roll, and the Nevada All-State Academic Team.  Julio has accomplished all this while maintaining a 4.625 G.P.A and is ranked 3rd in his class of 458 students.


Stephanie Scott


Stephanie Scott is a recipient of Student of the Month, Academic Letter/Pin, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  She was inducted into the National Honor Society and now currently serves as the historian.  She was a member of the Varsity Tennis team and was this year's team captain.  She is also active in clubs at Mojave High School such as the Interact Club where she serves as secretary, the Asian/Pacific Islander Club, the Drama Club, and the Varsity Quiz team.  Her community service involves hospital visits, cleaning Red Rock Park, and after school tutoring at Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.  Stephanie has maintained a 3.9 G.P.A and is in the top 10 percentile of her class.



Palo Verde High School


Rick Shukis


Rick Shukis maintains a 3.9 GPA and has been a consistent leader in our school as evidenced by his positions in Student Government.  Voted by his peers as having the most school spirit, Rick is well respected by peers and the entire faculty at Palo Verde High School. Every month for the past two years, Rick has kindly helped feed the less fortunate on "D" Street in Las Vegas.


Melissa Stromberg


Melissa Stromberg maintains a GPA of 4.25 and is involved with the school and community as she is the Cheerleader Captain, Student Government leader, Dance Team member; she has participated in relief efforts for the tsunami, helps feed the poor, and helps the elderly. She is a dynamic person with much to offer our school and the Las Vegas Valley.



Rancho High School


Jazmin Franco


Jazmin displays great people skills and a strong determination to succeed.  She has earned a 3.7 GPA while taking challenging college prep courses.  She has devoted her time and energy to the Hispanic Student Union and "Make a Wish" club.  She has also served on the Clark County School Board's "Student Advisory Committee" with distinction.  Selected to participate in Nevada Girls State, she represented her school with a commitment to learn and share.  Jazmin has a caring heart and a strong mind, which led her to community service projects; including child-care, food drives and peer tutoring.  Jazmin has also instilled in others the importance and beauty of multicultural activities to help enrich the lives of all people.


Ronald Kimball


Ron is a talented student with a 3.5 GPA in Rancho High School's rigorous Aviation Magnet Program.  He is a natural leader and has shared his talents with students from various high schools on the Clark County School Board's "Student Advisory Committee."  Recently, Ron was honored at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards.  Serving the community and doing volunteer work have always been of vital interest to Ron.  He has also served as a volunteer student teacher at C.P. Squires Elementary School and the "Learning for Life" program.  While continually working on food and toy drives for the disadvantaged, Ron has definitely set a strong example of giving back to the community.



Shadow Ridge High School


Erica Watson


Erica is well known and liked, not only by her teachers, but by her peers as well.  Erica is part of the Student Council at Shadow Ridge High School.  She is involved in setting up school activities such as dances and spirit week.  In addition to leading the Senior Class as their President, she was also named as the Captain of the Volleyball team where she led them to the playoffs.  It is her leadership capabilities that show our school that Erica is a successful student and will accomplish anything to which she sets her mind to.  Erica participates in all these extra-curricular activities and still manages to maintain a G.P.A. of 3.679.  Erica is also actively involved in her Church Youth Group; she spends many hours of community service through her church and other organizations.


Zechariah Wilson


Zech is a natural leader, both in the classroom and out and can positively contribute to any situation.  With a G.P.A of 4.342, his peers look to him to set the standard, and he does a remarkable job at it.  He is highly disciplined and hard-working individual, with a dedicated spirit and attitude.  Zech has maintained a high level of academic excellence while participating in numerous extra-curricular activities including Football and Track and Field.  Zech was given the honor of Co-Captain of his Varsity football team after only 2 short seasons playing.  He has also been his church youth group president and a member of the Youth leadership Team of the Pacific Southwest Region.



Silverado High School


Gia Ballash


Gia Ballash has won the admiration of her peers and teachers alike with her integrity and sincere character. During the last four years, Gia has been devoted to our school and community. She donated her time and talents to Student Council as Class President all four years, as Key Club member she participated in many community projects. These projects include; tutoring elementary students, visiting Alzheimer Clinics and Retirement Centers, and planning a holiday party for homeless and abused women. In addition to all of these activities Gia has accumulated an array of accomplishments. She was named Silverado's Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Ambassador, Sun Youth Forum participant, Nevada Girls State delegate and received the Rotary Youth Leadership Award.  Gia will graduate in the top 5% of her class and have earned the Honors Diploma, Honors Medallion, and graduate with High Honors.



Benjamin Holst


Ben Holst has won the admiration of his peers and teachers alike with his integrity and sincere character. During the last four years, Ben has been devoted to our school and community. He was team captain and two-year letter winner of our 2004 state champion soccer team. His coach says " Ben is a leader by example…. a student athlete with one of the strongest work ethics he has ever seen". He is also involved in Boy Scouts where he has completed numerous scouting projects. Ben volunteers his time and has participated in a myriad of community service projects by his involvement in his church group. Ben is ranked number 1 in his class and will graduate with an Honors Diploma, Honors Medallion, and High Honors.


Southern Nevada Technical Trade Center


Martin Oropeza


Ranked seventh in his senior class, Martin Oropeza is majoring in Computer Networking at SNVTC and yet finds time to give back to his school and community.  Martin is President of the largest student organization on campus, SOL (Student Organization of Latinos), and also is the Class of 2005 Representative to the Student Council, member of Skills USA, and a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America).  He won fourth place in state competition for Visual Basic programming and tenth place for networking concepts.  Martin has played soccer for all four years and has been in the starting line-up on the Roadrunner varsity team for the past two years.  At VoTech, Martin helped sponsor the "Adopt a Family" project for fellow students who lost a parent and worked on the Susan B. Komen foundation Gift of Life project.  In the community, Martin has volunteered at the Las Vegas Mission and participated in the Lake Mead cleanup.  At the Salvation Army, Martin helped organize food bags to give to homeless persons and helped fill and organize donations for the thrift store.  SNVTC is very proud of Martin who will attend the Community College of Southern Nevada to further his skills in computer networking.


Patricia Sotolongo


Outstanding student, Patricia Sotolongo strives to always do her best.  Enrolled in all honors classes in the four major academic areas, Patricia majored in health occupations at VoTech, completed an internship at St. Rose Hospital and will graduate with honors.  She serves as President of the National Honor Society, Vice President for Skills USA Health Occupations and is Historian of the Key Club.  She volunteers on campus to tutor a sophomore student in algebra and helped collect school supplies for the children of Iraq.  Patricia also has given back to her community.  She is a volunteer at the Opportunity Village Magical Forest Gift of Lights, gathered canned food, toys and clothes for the Salvation Army, worked with Project Green planting trees, and worked on the Susan B. Komen foundation Gift of Life project.  Patricia will attend UNLV and plans to major in biochemistry with the goal of becoming an OB-GYN.


Trinity High School


Boniface Njoroge


Boniface is a very active student at Trinity High School.  He has been elected President of his class since his freshman year and this year serves at Student Body President.  His extra curricular activities include; Youth Group, Basketball, Interact Club, Academic Olympics, National Honor Society, Sun Youth Forum and Yearbook Staff.   For the past two years, Boniface has worked with the African Christian Fellowship.  Academically, Boniface has been on the High Honor Roll all four years at Trinity, received the Gold Presidential Academic Award, Spanish, Award, English Award, and the Principal's Award.  His interests include music, computer technology, freehand drawing, basketball, leadership and Bible study.


Lindsey Sanner


Lindsey Sanner is a hard working student who is very involved at Trinity High School.  Throughout her four years at Trinity, Lindsey has earned several awards and achievements such as, National Honor Society, Silver Merit Award and Early College dual credit program to name a few.  She has also earned Varsity Letters in basketball, cheerleading and volleyball.  Lindsey is also involved in Student Council and Peer Mediation.  She has volunteered her time as a nursery worker at Trinity Life Center, made Easter baskets and

gathered clothes and other necessities for children in orphanages over seas and volunteered as the nursery coordinator at Discovery Church. 


Valley High School


Eric Lin-Greenberg


Eric is a senior in the International Baccalaureate Program at Valley High School.  He is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction.  Eric is also the recipient of an award from the United State Institute of Peace for his essay on post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans.  Eric is the National Honor Society President, Student Body Treasurer, and also serves on the Southern Nevada Water Authority Youth Advisory Council.  He is the founder of Susastera West; an organization that collects gently used books for distribution to underprivileged students and deployed armed forces personnel.  Eric has also volunteered as a junior counselor at leadership conferences, has organized voter registration drives, and currently tutors Valley High School math students.  Outside of school, Eric has performed professionally in numerous productions including the Broadway revival of the King and I, and is an active member of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps.  In his spare time, he enjoys flying and learning new languages.  After college, Eric hopes to pursue a career as an officer in the United States Air Force.


Meghan O'Donoghue


Meghan O'Donoghue is a member of the International Baccalaureate Program, which entails rigorous college preparatory courses.  Meghan has maintained a flawless academic record throughout the challenges of the program and is a Valedictorian with a 4.7 weighted G.P.A. As Vice President of Key Club, she has spent hundreds of hours planning and partaking in community service.  She has coordinated and participated in Valley High School's branch of the Learning for Life program, which sends students weekly to mentor elementary children in underprivileged areas of our community.  She has also volunteered at eh Super Summer Theatre for over ten years and has been an employee for two.  Additionally, Meghan plays the violin and has performed in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestras for five years.  Meghan plans on attending the University of Norte Dame or Bowdoin College this fall.


Virgin Valley High School


Whitney Spawn


Whitney is one of those students that all teachers would love to have in their class.  She is involved in community service activities and is the national Honor Society President this year.  She is and Elementary School Volunteer and has also volunteered at the Family Resource Center.  She is also involved in extracurricular activities.  Whitney is one to quietly lead her peers in a positive way.  She is a role model for everyone.


Travis Tichenor


Travis is and exceptional young man.  He is very involved in community service and is admired by his peers.  He is involved in extra curricular activities and is a role model for the other students.  He is a leader and always gets the job done.  Travis helps the ECS Director at our school and is very efficient and knowledgeable with computers.  He spends a lot of his own time making sure all the computers are running correctly.  Travis is a great candidate for this recognition. 


Western High School


Ryan La Rance


Ryan has been involved in many activities during his high school career.  He has participated in the Marching Drill Team in AFJROTC.  During his sophomore year he was the manager for the boys Volleyball team.  Ryan is currently a long distance runner for the Varsity Track and Field and Cross Country teams.  He was also the president of the Kitty Hawk Air Society, and is currently the Key Club Vice President.  Ryan has been very busy this year, serving as Student Body President and National Honor Society President.  Ryan also sits on the Student Advisory Board for the Clark County School District.  In the fall, Ryan will attend Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Nikki Rose Ty


Nikki Rose has attended Western High School for the past four years and has taken challenging AP and honors classes.  She also enjoys writing for the school newspaper and participating in community service with Key Club.  While participating in Photography Club, Nikki Rose designed a calendar, which raised money for patients at the Sunrise Children's Hospital.  Nikki Rose is also the Senior Class President and along with Student Council, they raised money through a fundraiser call "Pennies for Patients" which benefited children suffering from leukemia.  With a weighted G.P.A. of 4.2, Nikki Rose hopes to accomplish more as she furthers her education at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, majoring in Interactive Media Design.

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