Western Nevada College students, faculty and Northern Nevada high school administrators were recognized for their achievements during the 15th annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet on May 7 at the Governor’s Mansion.
Awards were presented to students for academic excellence, success with the Jump Start program, club participation, community service and government involvement. Special awards were presented to a veteran, a Latino Cohort member and a student employee. Faculty members received awards for outstanding teaching and service, while administrators were lauded for their commitment to students during the 2016-17 school year.
Nursing student Diana Meza Cabrera received the Regent Scholar Award and WNC Liberal Arts Director Scott Morrison was recognized as a Nevada System of Higher Education Regent Academic Adviser nominee.
Academic awards to Liberal Arts students went to Heather Marty, math and science; Samuel Faulkner, history and humanities; Morgan Remick, geosciences; and Asinate Valentin, English. Tonya Garland received the Career and Technical Education Award, and Elayna Cooper and Bonnie Swenson shared the Outstanding Nursing Award.
Receiving Jump Start College awards were Drew Basset, Fernley; Kaval Bedi, Fernley; Samantha Cassinello, Dayton; Aimee Dougherty, Carson; Carson Ford, Nevada Homeschool Network; Raeme Giovacchini, Smith Valley; Chelsea Goss, Pioneer; Gabrielle Hicks, Douglas; Hallie Jim, Pyramid Lake; Maysie Jones, Churchill; Jared Logan, Dayton; Brandon Miller, Virginia City; Lucero Pasaran-Aguilar, Yerington; Leanne Perez, Silver State; Maricela Segura, CTE Track; Matthew Sheldon, Nevada Virtual Academy; Whitney Skabeland, Churchill; Samuel Strahan, Virginia City; and Alyssa Stockard, Oasis Academy College Prep.
For their contributions to the college, Silver Stage High School’s Marla Gleason was presented with the Counselor of the Year Award, while Silver Stage’s Patrick Peters earned Principal of the Year.
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society was recognized as the college’s Outstanding Club.
In addition, special honors went to Roselia Gonzalez, Latino Cohort; Michael Atkinson, Student Employee of the Year; History Professor Kim Desroches, Teacher of the Year; Hugh Welden, Outstanding Veteran; Vice President Mark Ghan and Business Officer Darla Dodge, ASWN Service Award; Mathematics Professor Richard Arrigotti, 40 Years of Outstanding Leadership and Service; and Adrian Barrera and Dustin Parker, WNC Principles of Community Award.