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Douglas graduation this week

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Anne Pomroy, Ryan Long, Sabrina Kluvers, Zachary Kellar, Alissa Holley and Terra Williams at their signing with the University of Nevada, Reno, on May 19.

With Douglas High School graduation Thursday, six seniors were able to celebrate a little early during a University of Nevada Scholars Signing Day ceremony.

Each of the Nevada-bound seniors — Terra Williams, Alissa Holley, Zachary Kellar, Sabrina Kluvers, Ryan Long and Anne Pomroy — were recognized as scholarship recipients during the ceremony held in the high school media center on May 19.

Williams received special recognition as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. She has declared computer science and engineering as her field of interest.

Class valedictorian Kaleb Morris, who will attend Stanford University, qualified as a National Merit scholarship finalist. Salutatorian is Koby James Hinnant, who has been accepted to the U.S. Air Force Academy

"We know that all of these students have been dedicated and hard working in their academic studies, and many have been involved in co-curricular and extra curricular activities and have represented Douglas High well," Douglas Principal Marty Swisher said. "I want to congratulate all of these fine students on their accomplishments and wish them the best on their future success."

Students recognized at the Presidential Scholarship level receive a scholarship presented to freshmen with a minimum 3.5 cumulative high school grade-point average and an ACT score equivalent to a 31.

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The Douglas recipients include: Holley in pre-nursing, Kellar in math, Kluvers in psychology, Long in chemistry and Pomro in biochemistry and molecular biology

Joe Cline, vice provost of undergraduate education at Nevada, noted that as of the fall of 2015, the university's student body includes 50 National Merit Scholarship recipients, the largest number ever enrolled at the university, in addition to 300 Presidential Scholarship recipients.

He went on to acknowledge support for these scholarships from the Neil J. Redfield Foundation and from alumni like Sara Lafrance.

"These people and foundations recognize that having the best and brightest students in our classrooms elevates the learning experience for everyone," Cline said. "This ceremony is patterned after athletic signing ceremonies since these students are our academic all-stars."

Graduation is 5:30 p.m.

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