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University of Nevada, Reno to sign Las Vegas academic scholars at event



Several of the highest-achieving students graduating from Las Vegas high schools this spring are choosing to stay in Nevada for their college education. On Tuesday, a ceremony reminiscent of high school athletes’ “signing days” will acknowledge the decision of these “best-and-brightest” scholars to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in the fall. The “Nevada Scholars Signing Day” ceremony will recognize five National Merit Scholarship Finalists from Advanced Technologies Academy, Centennial High School, Clark High School, Green Valley High School and Northwest Career and Technical Academy.

WHAT: “Nevada Scholars Signing Day” ceremony recognizing Las Vegas-area high schools’ high-achieving 2010 graduates who will attend the University of Nevada, Reno.


  • Five Las Vegas National Merit Scholarship Finalists will be recognized, four will be present
  • Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Dan Klaich
  • University of Nevada, Reno President Milt Glick
  • Clark County Superintendant Walt Rulffes
  • Clark County Deputy Superintendant Lauren Kohut-Rost
  • High School Principals

WHEN: 3:30-4 p.m., Tuesday, June 8

WHERE: Clark County School District’s Edward Greer Education Center, 2832 E. Flamingo Road, Board Room.

PARKING: Media is encouraged to park in the lot off of East Flamingo Road and enter at the Education Center’s main entrance, on the north side of the building.

BACKGROUND: The University of Nevada, Reno received sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation last spring. 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 currently includes 25 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at the University. National Merit Scholars receive a $15,000 annual scholarship funded through the University’s scholarship and aid budget.

These scholars will also be the first in their University class of 2014 to receive the book chosen for the freshman Summer Scholars Program. Up to 2,500 incoming freshmen are expected to participate in the fourth annual program, which this summer will feature the Warren St. John book, “Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.”

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