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Stompin’ With the Pack
RENO — The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) is hosting its fourth annual Stompin’ with the Pack Stepshow on April 16 at Hug High School. Doors will open at noon and the show will begin at about 1 p.m. Stompin’ With the Pack is an annual event where sororities and fraternities showcase the art of stepping, which is deeply rooted in African-American culture. “One of the goals for the step show is to bring diversity and culture to campus,” said ...
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Local teens pledge not to text and drive
SPARKS — Students from Spanish Springs High School took a pledge this week to put their cell phones down and focus on the road as part of the Allstate Foundation’s national “X the TXT” campaign. The program was presented by the Allstate Foundation and Health World as part of Allstate’s national campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving. Allstate agency owner Ramie Pratt of Reno talked about the dangers of texting while ...
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Award gives UNR researcher opportunities to work abroad
RENO — University of Nevada, Reno researcher Mark Walker’s work in the Great Basin is earning him awards and taking him to unexpected places — places such as Samoa. Walker, a professor and chair of the university’s Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Science, received a 2010 Project of Excellence award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture in January for his research testing unr...
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UNR, Nevada Dept. of Ed. to hold 2011 Mega Conference
RENO — Internationally recognized change expert Michael Fullan and leading authorities from the International Center for Leadership in Education will keynote the Nevada 2011 Mega Conference, scheduled for April 8-10 at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The conference is the state’s largest educational conference and attracts more than 400 professionals every year. Fullan, dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the Univers...
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Academic Olympians come down to final challenge
RENO — The Academic Olympics 2011 Tournament Finals will be held today at 4:30 p.m. in the Grand Sierra Resort’s Tahoe Room. The final four teams to compete are McQueen, Spanish Springs, Reno and Manogue. Trophies and scholarships will be awarded after the final tournament. All Academic Olympics participants are invited to attend the finals today. The purpose of Academic Olympics is to showcase students’ skills and knowledge, as well as to rev...
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Fair honors local young scientists, engineers, inventors
RENO — More than 1,200 young scientists, engineers and inventors competed in the 44th Annual Western Nevada Regional Science and Engineering Fair held this weekend at Lawlor Events Center.  Included in the fair is the Lemelson Young Inventors Challenge, sponsored by the Lemelson Education & Assistance Program, with about 200 inventions submitted. About 1,000 projects were exhibited at the fair representing more than 130 different public, priva...
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Students win ADDY awards
RENO — The graphic communications program at Truckee Meadows Community College won 18 Student ADDY Awards from the 2011 ADDY Awards Ceremony, conducted by the American Advertising Association – Reno (AAF Reno) on March 8. Among the 18 awards the program received, TMCC brought home the ADDY Award for Student Best of Show for “Anthropology Pure Typography Poster.”  Addys are awarded for the top advertising work created in northern Nevada during ...
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Schools in Brief
Elementary teacher saves student from choking RENO — On a recent Friday right before lunch, Westergard Elementary fifth grade teacher Monica Ehlen was solving a math problem for her students. When she turned back to face the classroom, it was clear one of her students was in distress. “I turned around to see my student standing up, kneeling over and he’s absolutely choking. He’s panicking, pointing to his neck he can’t breathe,” Ehlen said. “H...
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Schools in Brief
Phone book recycling challenge RENO — In February, Libby Booth and Lena Juniper elementary schools competed against one another to see which school could collect the most phone books through AT&T’s Project ReDirectory Phone Book Recycling Challenge program. Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful staff visited Juniper and Booth at the end of January to talk to the students about recycling and ask if they were ready to take on the challenge. After learn...
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Nine Washoe County school choirs appear on PBS program
RENO — A repertoire of talents from eight Washoe County high schools and middle schools went on display Thursday on PBS after being selected among America’s finest young musicians for the televised series “Celebrate America!” Students from Reed, Reno, Sparks, North Valleys and Galena high schools and Depoali, Swope, Billinghurst and Cold Springs middle schools were taped with renowned composer and conductor Tim Janis in October for the program...
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Bishop Manogue welcomes new hall of famers
RENO — Bishop Manogue Catholic High School (BMCHS) will induct three new members to its hall of fame Saturday. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Randolph Calvo at 5 p.m. with an induction ceremony and reception to follow at the school’s Christ the Teacher Chapel, 110 Bishop Manogue Drive. New inductees will include Norm Dianda, Joe Anxo and Charles Mathewson. Dianda is owner of Q & D Construction in Reno, the firm that was responsible for buil...
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UNR music professor to be honored
RENO — Andrea Lenz, chair of the Department of Music at the University of Nevada, Reno, will receive the Governor’s Art Award for Excellence in the Arts on March 2. Lenz will be one of five individuals and two organizations to receive a Governor’s Art Award. The award is presented by the Nevada Arts Council and the Governor’s Office for outstanding and enduring contributions to Nevada through artistic achievement and service to the arts. “I’m ...
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UNR students plan ‘Dance Collaboration’
RENO — The Associated Students of the University of Nevada’s Department of Programming will host a dance competition called Dance Collaboration on Saturday to fill the recent demand in the Reno area for coordinated dancing and competitive step shows. The competition will include up to 25 local dance teams and a finale performance from Hype 5-0, a Hawaii-based dance crew that placed third on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew” in 2010. “With the ...
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Second-grader donates hair to help children in treatment
RENO — Desert Heights Elementary second grade student Ann Matya last week donated her long, blonde hair to nonprofit Locks of Love to help disadvantaged children who are dealing with hair loss from long-term medical conditions. Ann visited Rumors Salon at 1420 Holcomb Ave., suite 101 in Reno to make her donation to Locks of Love and have her hair styled. Ann was inspired to donate her hair a few years ago when she saw a television show about a...
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Wooster names new football head coach
RENO — Wooster High School will have a new football coach for the upcoming season. Vince Johnson, who is a teacher and coach at Spanish Springs High School, was named as the varsity football coach for the Wooster Colts last week. Johnson is a Sparks native and former standout football player at Sparks High School, where he graduated in 1993 and was a three-sport student athlete. He has been coaching football at area high schools since 1999 and...
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Students write across grade levels
SPARKS — After several months of writing exchanges as pen pals, Sparks Middle School and Truckee Meadows Community College High School students met in person Friday to share poetry and participate in a writing activity while the Sparks students learned about the TMCC High School program. The students met at Sparks Middle School to help each other to become experts in particular subjects. Research shows that student writers who become their own...
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Shakespeare Co. presents ‘Shrew In School’
DAYTON — For the 12th year in a row, Nevada Shakespeare Company, in conjunction with Gold Hill Theater, produces Shakespeare In School, an arts and humanities-based, education and community outreach program for northern Nevada middle and high school students. For 2011, teaching artists Michele Crain and Chris Willson breathe new life into the Bard’s legendary roles of Kate and Petruchio. They also offer insight into their characters, advice on...
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Clinics keep at-risk students from getting flu
Nearly 1,500 students, school faculty and family members received free flu vaccinations.
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Kohl’s Cares Scholarship now accepting nominations
The Kohl’s Department Stores Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program will award more than $415,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl’s gift cards to $10,000 scholarships, honoring young volunteers who have made an impact on their communities.
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Huntington Learning Centers honor Catholic Schools
Huntington Learning Centers in the Sparks area supported Catholic Schools Week 2011, which took place Jan. 30 through Feb. 5.
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