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Las Vegas Students Win Auto Repair Contest

Two students from the Southeast Career Technical Academy grabbed first place in the annual Ford/AAA Auto Skills competition.

Ibrahim Samuel and Abdullah Marroquin took the top honors. The team won the competition by first completing a written exam and then quickly fixing a disabled vehicle. The two students will now represent Nevada in a nationwide competition set for June in Dearborn, Michigan.

The second place team was from Palo Verde High School in Summerlin. The top teams walked away with $146,000 in scholarship money from the best technical schools in the country, along with other prizes from AAA.

School District, 8 News NOW Partner on News Competition

School District, 8 News NOW Partner on News Competition

The Clark County School District is partnering with 8 News NOW and Southwest Airlines to present the annual “Test for Excellence” program.

Students from Del Webb, Fertitta, Harney and Martin Middle Schools will compete Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at Martin, 200 N. 28th St.

The program required middle school social studies students to read and watch local, national and international news for six weeks and listen for the question of the day on 8 News Now. Students are tested weekly on their knowledge.

The highest-scoring students are placed on the school’s team of eight to compete in an oral and written competition tonight for a chance to win a team trip with a teacher to Sea World in San Diego, Calif. in late May.  

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

Needy Kids Get New Shoes

More than 400 kids at one valley elementary school got new shoes today thanks to a local law firm.

The students from Liliam Lujan Elementary at Lake Mead and Hollywood were paired with the Holland and Hart Law Firm. The non-profit group Shoes That Fit worked with the firm to get shoe sizes, then workers at the company purchased shoes for specific children. For many kids this is the first new pair of shoes they've ever received. 

This is the third year Holland and Hart has held a shoe drive. Sean Thueson a partner with Holland and Hart says one of the best parts of donation day is when kids tell him they can run faster now because of their new shoes.

 

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

High Schoolers Win Laptops for Green Essays

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) in partnership with Coca-Cola awarded laptop computers to the 40 winners of an essay contest that asked local high school seniors to write a 500-word essay on how they can reduce their carbon footprint by using the services offered by the RTC.

"The level of participation was remarkable. We received hundreds of essays from students on how they use our growing transit system, bicycling amenities and other environmentally friendly services to reduce our carbon footprint," RTC General Manager Jacob Snow said.

The essay contest was open to all high school seniors graduating in 2011. Each essay was judged equally on its content and the quality of the writing.

Mountain View Christian Seeks Teachers

Mountain View Christian Seeks Teachers

Mountain View Christian Schools Leadership Institute currently is accepting applications for teachers. The institute is looking for creative, innovative, exciting teachers to help grow tomorrow’s leaders. For more information, call 452-1300 or visit www.mvcs.net.

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

High School Essay Contest Offers Big Prizes

Advantages Online Private School invites all Clark County high school students to take part in a $1,500 Scholarship Essay Contest. Students can enter by visiting www.AdvantagesSchool.com, filling out an entry form and completing a 200-word essay. 

The submitted essay should describe, from the perspective of the student, the biggest challenge they face in high school (as related to education) and how they are conquering it.

When the contest concludes on April 29, Advantages founders will select two winners and each will receive a $750 scholarship to cover the cost of a single course. Winners can select from various mathematics, language arts, social science and science courses, as well as Spanish or French I and II.

"We are excited to offer this scholarship contest to public or private school students throughout Clark County," said Pam Dion, director and co-founder of Advantages Online Private School.

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

Nevada Mining Association Hosts Science Education Workshop

The Nevada Mining Association will host the 26th Annual Southern Nevada Earth Science Education Workshop at Faith Lutheran High School from Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21.

The free workshop is open to all K-12 teachers, librarians and administrators, and features one day of classroom work and two days of organized field trips to mines and other facilities. The goal of the workshop is to provide new knowledge, insight and materials that teachers can use to help students learn about minerals and mineral production in Nevada.

The workshop also includes beginner-level sessions for first-time participants and an advanced track session for those educators  familiar with rocks and minerals. New activities, methods of presentation and advanced exercises will be included in the curriculum.