University president and officials recognize high-achieving Clark County high school graduates on Wednesday
RENO, Nev. – Six of the highest-achieving students graduating from Clark County high schools this spring are choosing to stay in Nevada for their college education. On Wednesday, a ceremony reminiscent of high school athletes’ “signing days” will acknowledge the decision of these “best-and-brightest” National Merit Scholarship Finalists to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall.
WHAT: Fourth annual Nevada Scholars Signing Day ceremony recognizing six Clark County high schools’ high-achieving 2012 graduates who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno.
- Six Clark County School District National Merit Scholars will be recognized. Students are from Palo Verde High School, Centennial High School, Coronado High School, Del Sol High School, Green Valley High School and Ranch High School
- Scholars’ family and friends
- Kay Insogna, calculus teacher from Coronado High School; Kelly Grimm, counselor from Green Valley High School
- University of Nevada, Reno President Marc Johnson; Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, John Carothers; Vice President for Student Services, Shannon Ellis; Director of Admissions, Steve Maples; Interim Dean of the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, Ron Pardini; Dean of the College of Business, Greg Mosier; Dean of the College of Education Christine Cheney; Dean of the College of Engineering, Manos Maragakis; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Scott Casper; Dean of the College of Science, Jeff Thompson; Associate Dean for Faculty Development for the University of Nevada School of Medicine, Melissa Piasecki and other University officials
WHEN and WHERE:
- 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, Onyx Room, Dragon Ridge Country Club, 552 S. Stephanie St., Henderson, Nev.
BACKGROUND: The University of Nevada, Reno was officially notified of its sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation three years ago. Scholarships awarded through National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students. The University’s student body recently included 46 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, and this fall anticipates welcoming another 15. National Merit Scholars receive a $15,000 annual scholarship and Presidential Scholars receive a $5,000 annual scholarship funded through the University’s scholarship and aid budget.
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