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Students Collect Boxes of Clothes for Domestic Violence Shelter

Students Collect Boxes of Clothes for Domestic Violence Shelter

Students at one local high school have come together to help women and children in need in southern Nevada.

The students of Sierra Vista High School spent the past school year donating and collecting their old Physical Education uniforms and athletic shoes.

The effort started last year when Chelsa Bello noticed fellow students throwing away their old clothes. This year, Bello brought the idea of collecting those clothes to the school's Renaissance Club.

The idea took off, and students donated nine boxes of clothing to Safe Nest. The clothes will first be used to stock the closets at the domestic violence shelter.

Clothes that are not used by the shelter will be sold through a partnership with Saver's Thrift Stores. The money raised by the sales goes back to Safe Nest.

The students will make the official donation during a ceremony Tuesday.

Liberty Takes Top Honors in Journalism Contest


Liberty High School claimed the top prize at Monday’s high school journalism awards, sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, at the Suncoast.

For the first time in school history, the Liberty Tribune newspaper took the Best Newspaper category in the competition. Durango came in second and Green Valley finished third, while Sierra Vista won Honorable Mention.

The Tribune also won the most total awards at the ceremony with 19.  

Editor-in-chief Brittney Loiselle won the Most Valuable Staff Member award.

Here is a rundown of Liberty’s awards:

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest

Southern Nevada Students Earn iPads in Essay Contest


Twenty high school students are enjoying the new iPads they earned by reducing their carbon footprint and writing a great essay about it.

The students were part of an essay contest held by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Coca-Cola, Mariana's Supermarkets and the Clark County School District.

The 20 winners were chosen out of the 200 entries from 40 high schools around the Las Vegas valley. They all wrote a 500-word essay describing how they used transit services provided by the RTC to reduce the amount of carbon they personally use.

The winners for the 2013 contest are:

Students Raise Even More Money for Boston Victims

Students Raise Even More Money for Boston Victims

Students at one local elementary school did such a good job of raising money for the victims of the bombing in Boston, they held another fundraiser Friday.

Last week, students of Ries Elementary School could pay to wear a hat to school and that money was collected to go to Boston's victim's fund.

They raised more than $300. However, that was not enough for these ambitious students.

Friday they held another fundraiser. Students could again donate money for the privilege of wearing a hat to school.

The latest fundraiser netted $700 for Boston bombing victims.

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest

Martin, Academy Students Win RTC Art Contest


Rudy Amaya of Roy Martin Middle School and Jessica Judd of Las Vegas Academy earned top honors in the RTC’s Earth Day art contest.

The annual contest, sponsored by the RTC and Vector Media, invited local students in grades six through 12 to create artwork that celebrates Earth Day and the RTC’s sustainability initiative, “quicker, cleaner, greener.”

More than 300 students from 17 schools across the valley participated in this year’s contest. The artwork of the two winners will be displayed on the outside of RTC transit vehicles and will travel valley streets for up to a year.   

Runners-up were also recognized with certificates of achievement. They included:

Bishop Gorman High School Moves to Nationals in Mock Trial Competition

Bishop Gorman High School Moves to Nationals in Mock Trial Competition

Bishop Gorman High School took the title of top in the Mock Trial competition held this past weekend in Reno.

The event is sponsored by the State Bar of Nevada. Teams of six to eight students take on the roles of lawyer and witnesses in a trial. Local attorneys and teachers coach the teams.

The idea is to give students an idea of how the legal system works.

The win this weekend means the Gorman team can now move onto the national competition set for May 9 through 11 in Indianapolis. 

School Trustees Tour Southwest Behavioral School

School Trustees Tour Southwest Behavioral School


The Board of School Trustees got a look inside one of the Clark County School District's behavioral schools.

Southwest Behavioral School at Flamingo Avenue and Torrey Pines Drive is a school for kids who have had behavior problems. The emphasis is on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, otherwise known as STEM.

The program is led by award-winning teacher Barry Coffin, who was assigned to the school in August. With grants from different organizations, including the Junior League and the Springs Preserves, Coffin has been able to build the science classes.

During Friday's class, students dissected pacific squids. A hands-on approach is vital to reaching kids who may have struggled in regular classes, administrators said.

"Although, we would like to focus in on academics. We cannot reach them unless we teach to their strength and they are very project based," principal Caryl Suzuki said.