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Local math teacher wins national award

RENO — Glenn Duncan Elementary School teacher Janda Lannigan-Piekarz has been named one of 85 educators in the nation to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Lannigan-Piekarz teaches fifth-grade departmentalized math. She has been teaching for 21 years, spending 15 of those with the Washoe County School District. She was nominated last year by former Duncan principal Mike Paul.

The award is given annually to outstanding K-12 math and science teachers across the country. Every year, the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through sixth grade and those teaching seventh through 12th grades. The honorees for 2010 teach kindergarten through sixth grade.

All winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence will receive $10,000 from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. All winners also will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for an awards ceremony and other events in celebration of their honor.

Stadium at Wooster to have lights in the fall

RENO — Wooster High School successfully has raised the funds needed to purchase and install stadium lights for its football field.

This is the final football stadium in the Washoe County School District to receive lights, accommodating night games. Preparations for installation have begun and all work is anticipated to be complete by the beginning of the 2011-12 football season.

“We’re grateful to our parents, students, teachers, community and the school district for their support,” said Debra Biersdorff, principal at Wooster High School. “The best part from a financial perspective: Absolutely no school district funds are contributing to this project. It was completely community-, grant- and donation-funded.”

The estimated cost of the project is $151,000.

Because of a lack of stadium lighting, the freshman football team played at 3 p.m. on Thursdays in previous seasons, making it difficult for parents to attend home games. Additionally, student turnout for Saturday varsity and junior varsity games was low; in fact, more students typically attended away games on Friday nights than home games on Saturdays.

Given Wooster’s proximity to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, the Federal Aviation Administration previously had prohibited the installation of stadium lighting. However, new technology allows for “high cut-off, low trespass” features and the FAA and Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority have no objections to the project.

Grants from the E.L. Cord Foundation and the Nell J. Redfield Foundation supported the project.

JA Nugget announces scholarship recipients

SPARKS — Twenty four of the area’s best and brightest high school seniors will be honored Tuesday in the annual scholarship luncheon at John Ascuaga’s Nugget. The Nugget has been giving scholarships to local students since 1956.

This year’s recipients are: Ashley Saarem, Carson High School; Ciara O’Driscoll, Damonte High School; Natalie Freitas, Douglas High School; Michael Clark, Douglas High School; Cody Geil-Crader, Fernley High School; Brandon Mikoleit, Hug High School; Jessica Taylor, McQueen High School; Leanne White, North Valleys High School; Camille Glanzmann, Reed High School; Jordan Fletcher, Smith Valley High School; Brenda Acevedo, Sparks High School; Samantha Burrows, Wooster High School; Matthew Aber, Wooster High School; Melissa Migel, Churchill Co. High School; Manuel Castaneda, Dayton High School; Dylan Allen, Eureka Co. High School; Daniella Geerling, Galena High School; Gregorio Bermeosolo, Lowry High School; Megan Wurm, Manogue High School; Sarah Brinkerhoff, Pershing Co. High School; Lisa Bryant, Reno High School, Steven Strozza, Spanish Springs High School; Zachary Shell, Virginia City High School; Catalina Orduna, Yerington High School.

The winners will each receive $1,000, based on continued enrollment and maintaining a minimum grade-point average. Applications were reviewed by the Nugget scholarship committee and evaluated on scholastic achievement, financial need, community involvement and extra-curricular activities. Past winners can be seen in an interactive kiosk located in the Nugget’s hotel lobby.

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