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A soon-to-be second-grader from Fritsch Elementary School competed as a state pageant finalist last week. Paris Regan, 7, of Carson City competed in the Princess Division.

Paris also danced in the optional talent competition and in the optional modeling competition.

The contestants must show community involvement by providing local libraries, literacy programs, and/or fire and police departments with books and stuffed animals. Paris is the daughter of Mark and Pamela Regan.

CHS grad named to dean's list at Macalester

Jeffrey Rogers, the son of Jon and Sally Rogers of Carson City, has been named to the dean's list of Macalester College for academic achievement during the spring semester.

A graduate of Carson City High School, Rogers was a sophomore at Macalester last spring.

Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.70 or higher to qualify for the dean's list.

Macalester is a private, national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,845 students in St. Paul, Minn. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, diversity and civic engagement.

Nominees sought for Teacher of Year

The Nevada Cattlemen's Association is seeking its 2005 Teacher of the Year.

"Ranching is a way of life for many families in Nevada and is an enormous part of the state's heritage," said spokeswoman Rachel Buzzetti. "As cattlemen, we must encourage and support our teachers in educating our youth about the importance of agriculture and ranching."

The association is seeking nominations for teachers of elementary, middle school and high school levels who incorporate agricultural knowledge into their curriculum.

A $500 stipend, donated by the Nevada Agriculture Foundation, will be given to the winning teacher. The recipient will be honored at an annual banquet on Nov. 19.

Send in nomination and incorporate curriculum to NCA Research and Education committee, P.O. Box 310, Elko 89803 by Sept. 30. For more information, call Buzzetti at (775) 738-9214 or by e-mail at nca@nevadabeef.org.

Carson resident receives fellowship

Carson Thomas of Carson City, a junior English major at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., was awarded a Larson International Fellowship recently at the college's annual honors convocation.

The fellowship provides a significant international experience for students with strong leadership potential. Thomas is the son of Marta Adams of Carson City and Trevor Thomas of Virginia City.

Carson Montessori DVD available

Carson Montessori has received a grant from Well's Fargo Career Development and approval from the Nevada Public Education Foundations Committee and wishes to express its sincere thanks.

Students have produced a one-hour career research program that includes interviews with local businessmen and women, and will be available soon on DVD.

With grant money from Wells Fargo Bank, and the volunteer participation of Community Connection Services, local city officials and local businessmen and -women and Nevada Public Education Foundation, they have produced "a very informative, educational and entertaining DVD."

They hope to begin a distribution system in local neighborhoods and will release DVDs in good faith to be passed around for evaluation and feedback.

To support these programs or to purchase a copy of the DVD, call the school at 882-3011.

WNCC journalism class teaches success in communicating

The campus newspaper of Western Nevada Community College, The Wildcat Press, received an award last year from the Society of Professional Journalists. This fall students will have a chance to repeat that success.

The paper is produced by students in two journalism classes, which are offered this fall semester. The three-credit classes, media writing and news gathering and writing meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 p.m.-5:15 p.m. on the Carson City campus and via interactive video at the Fallon campus.

"Think of it," says instructor Bob Cutts. "Teachers communicate for a living. Every level of government worker communicates for a living. Marketing, sales, public relations: if you want to succeed in business, you have to succeed first in getting your message to your boss, your colleagues, your customers."

The WNCC fall semester begins Aug. 26; register online at www.wncc.edu. For more information, contact Bob Cutts at 445-4406.

WNCC offers class on critical analysis of mass media

The media, surely, is a more influential force in our lives and in the world's changing beliefs than politics or government ever was, says Michael Wolfe in his much-discussed book "Autumn of the Moguls."

Can he be serious?

Come and examine that question this fall at Western Nevada Community College. The three-credit class, "Critical Analysis of Mass Media," meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m.

For more information, contact Bob Cutts at 445-4406.

Stuttering Foundation DVD available

A new 20-minute DVD called "Stuttering: Straight Talk for Teachers" is available for parents and teachers and highlights children's experiences in the classroom. Several students share their personal experiences on the DVD.

According to The Stuttering Foundation, which offers the DVD, children who stutter at school are often the target of bullying and teasing. The treatment can cause more anxiety than stuttering itself does.

The DVD is free to all public libraries and comes with a 42-page handbook. Videotape is also available for more information, call the Stuttering Foundation at 1-800-992-9392 or go to www.stutteringhelp.org or for Spanish, go to www.tartamudez.org.


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