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Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

Young Poets Compete for Scholarship

 

Some of Clark County’s finest young poets will square off Tuesday for the chance to win a scholarship.

Thirty students selected from more than 1,000 entries across Clark County will perform their finest poetry recitations in the Poetry Out Loud semi-finals. The participants represent 15 local schools, and the winners will advance to the Nevada finals in Reno on March 16 to compete for a $1,000 scholarship and $1,000 for their school’s literary programs.

Poetry Out Loud encourages kids to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The state winner will compete at the national level in Washington D.C. for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes.

The event takes from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the West Charleston Library Theater, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

The Meadows Wins Nevada Science Bowl

The Meadows Wins Nevada Science Bowl

 

Students from The Meadows School claimed the title in the Nevada High School Science Bowl last Friday.

The Meadows competed against 32 other teams from across the state in a regional competition of the 23rd Annual U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, and is now eligible to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C., at the end of April.

The National Science Bowl brings together thousands of middle and high school students from across the country to compete on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, astronomy, and math.

The Department of Energy (DOE) created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields.

Faith Lutheran Jr. - Sr. High Now Solar Powered

Faith Lutheran Jr. - Sr. High Now Solar Powered

 

Faith Lutheran Junior and Senior High School is now producing enough energy to power more than 125 homes.

The school recently finished the installation of its solar photovoltaic system. The system included more than 4,500 solar panels on campus. The project will save the school more than $140,000 every year in energy costs by generating 1.11 megawatts of solar power.

Funding for the project came through NV Energy rebates and the Federal Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit.  

Dinosaurs in Nevada Featured in New Lecture

 

Nevada is best known for casinos and mining but there was a time when dinosaurs called the state home. That time period will be the focus of a presentation at Red Rock Canyon.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is hosting Dr. Josh Bonde from UNLV's Geoscience Department at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Dr. Bonde will discuss how evidence of dinosaurs have been found in four out of 17 of Nevada's counties. He'll also show how the amazing fossil evidence points to a sand sea covering parts of southern Nevada during the Jurassic Era.

Bonde will also point out the most recent discoveries that actually happened within the past ten years.

Music with an Anti-Bullying Message

Music with an Anti-Bullying Message

Students at one southern Nevada school got a chance to hear some music and an anti-bullying message.

Pop music artist Ryan Beatty performed at two assemblies Monday at Fertitta Middle School. It wasn't all about the music, Beatty also talked to the students about treating others with respect.

The event was hosted by John Moug from 98.5 KLUC-FM and was part of the Flip the Script anti-bullying effort.

"Basically, the whole thing is a movement against bullying. We all know that it is kind of an epidemic in our community and Flip the Script invites students in the Clark County School District to take a pledge against bullying," Moug said.

Moug pointed out that the project is working because people are taking the pledge every day.

Beatty's new single is about bullying and the efforts to stop it. He felt appearing at the school was a perfect fit. 

Pre-School Teacher Rewarded for Her Education Efforts

Pre-School Teacher Rewarded for Her Education Efforts

 

A pre-school teacher received a surprise today when she won the Early Childhood Educator Award from Knowledge Universe.

Nicole Lowery teaches at Summerlin KinderCare Learning Center. She received the award for her skills at providing a quality education for children. Lowery was picked from more than 25,000 early childhood educators within the Knowledge Universe family of companies, which includes KinderCare, Knowledge Beginnings, CCLC and Cambridge Schools.

"I really thought it would be someone else's name not mine because everyone here works wonderful together. It is a great school and I love what I do. But I really thought it was going to be someone else and not so much myself," Lowery said.

Parents of the students in Lowery's class are not surprised by the award. They say she truly connects with the children, showing them how much she cares.

The award comes with a $10,000 prize and a trip to a teacher's conference.

Students Finish Summer Program with Iron Chef Competition

Students Finish Summer Program with Iron Chef Competition

Iron Chef on TV features top chefs from around the world battling to create the best dish in kitchen stadium. An event at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas had a similar idea, but featured middle school students instead of world-class chefs.

About 120 of the highest achieving students were part of the Iron Chef competition Thursday. The students spent the past five weeks preparing for the feast by researching organic food, sustainable resources and food-related illnesses.

All of that preparation was used to create a meal for about 300 family and friends, including Clark County School District Superintendent Dwight Jones.

“It is about keeping kids engaged and keeping their minds engaged in the summer. This is so much better than a video game or watching TV,” Jones said.