Western Nevada College students and faculty were among those recognized for their achievements during the 16th annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet on May 6 at the Governor’s Mansion.
Awards were presented to students for academic excellence, as well as for their success in the Jump Start program, clubs, government, the Latino Cohort and as a student veteran. Faculty members were also honored for outstanding teaching and service during the 2016-17 school year.
Nevada Regent Carol Del Carlo delivered the keynote address during the ceremony presented by the Associated Students of Western Nevada. Special guests were Regents Dr. Patrick R. Carter and John T. Moran.
Pa Kang received the Regent Scholar Award and Dr. Thomas Herring was presented with the Regents’ Faculty Award.
Other academic awards were presented to Suleiman Abdelhade, Sayuri Hess, Raymond Plasse and Christina Polizziani, liberal arts; Shawna Hewson and Kendall Valdez, nursing and allied health; Mike Dutra, Conor McKay, David Russell and Sierra Shaw, Career and Technical Education; and Tania Covarrubias, Latino Cohort Student of the Year Award
Receiving Jump Start awards were Aaron Fischer and Spencer Rogers, Carson High School; Chance Harrison and David Rhodes, Silver Stage High School; Jakeline Guerrero Hernandez, Smith Valley/Yerington high schools; Taylor Lane, Douglas High School; Jared Logan, Dayton High School; Tesla Lyon, Fernley High School; Kallie Nelson, Nevada Homeschool Network; Iulia Nita, Nevada Virtual Academy; Michael Richards, Oasis Academy; Whitney Skabelund, Churchill County High School; Samuel Strahan, Virginia City High School; and Lily Werner, Pioneer/Silver State/Nevada State.
In association with WNC’s three-year-old Jump Start College, three awards were presented: Champion of Education, Wayne Workman, Lyon County School District superintendent; Jump Start College Counselor of the Year, Cynthia Reyes, Carson High School; and Jump Start College Principal of the Year, Rochelle Tisdale, Oasis Academy.
Outstanding service awards were presented to Dr. Rebecca Bevans, Adjunct Faculty of the Year; Tracy Bradfute, Student Employee of the Year; Richard Finn, Mary Gillespie and Anthony Moschetti, Full-Time Faculty of the Year Award; Alexandra Dodge and Ericka Munoz, Principles of Community Award; Buildings & Grounds and Counseling Office, Associated Students of Western Nevada Service Award.
Also honored were Matthew Hodges, Outstanding Veteran Award; Max Kyte, Club Sport Athlete of the Year; Kaitlin Lucky, Richard Merlin and Emil Stoica, Outstanding Student Leadership Award; and National Student Nurses’ Association, Outstanding Club.