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2017 Regents’ Scholar and Outstanding Students

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Community members and Great Basin College administration and faculty gathered Thursday to present the 2017 Outstanding Student Awards and the 2017 Regents’ Scholar Award.

The Regents Scholar Award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student, where applicable, from each institution within the Nevada System of Higher Education, to recognize his or her academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions.

GBC’s 2017 Regents’ Scholar is Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education student, Shiara Holmes of Owyhee, Nev.

In 2016, Holmes received an associate degree in early childhood education from GBC. This spring, she will receive another associate degree in infant toddler education. Recently, she has been accepted to the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education program with a 3.91 GPA. Holmes is an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation where she has lived all of her life and donates much of her time giving back.

In the summer months, Holmes works for the Tribe’s Summer Recreation and Summer Foods Program sponsored by Barrick Gold. Outside of work, Holmes encourages elementary and secondary students to pursue higher education.

Education Professor Lynette MacFarlan explained that Holmes started a community library as part of an assignment for her coursework at GBC.

“In the spring of 2015, I asked students to complete a “literacy rich” project. Most students added literacy elements to existing areas within pre-school or elementary classrooms. Shiara took a different approach,” said MacFarlan. “Shiara approached the Shoshone-Paiute Human Development Center who offered a vacant room for her project. Together with a student peer, they transformed an ordinary room into an extraordinary community library. She received over 1500 new books appropriate for children ages birth through age 8. The community library is a vivid example of how Shiara exudes integrity and passion in all she undertakes.”
The Outstanding Student Award is given to one graduating senior in each degree or certificate program at GBC.

Recipients are nominated by GBC faculty members who recognize the student for exhibiting academic excellence within their majors.

This year’s 2017 Outstanding Student Award recipients are:

  • Andrea Allison - Bachelor of Arts Social Science
  • Jessica Andresen-Pahl - Bachelor of Science Nursing
  • Alexis Broski - Associate of Arts
  • Radek Dvorak - Associate of Applied Science Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Ervin Foronda - Certificate of Achievement Instrumentation Technology
  • Ibeth Galvan - Adult Basic Education English as a Second Language
  • Brandon Hatch - Certificate of Achievement Business Administration
  • Jeffrey Hintz - Associate of Applied Science Emergency Medical Services - Paramedic
  • Shiara Holmes - Associate of Arts Early Childhood Development
  • Jolynn Howard - Associate of Applied Science Business Administration - General Business
  • Torethia James-Hill - Associate of Applied Science Human Services
  • Jessica Johnston - Bachelor of Arts Secondary Education - Agriculture
  • Safron Jones - Certificate of Achievement Medical Coding and Billing
  • Pamela Junge - Associate of Applied Science Office Technology
  • Michelle King - Certificate of Achievement Human Resources
  • Tze (Jenny) Leung - Bachelor of Arts Integrative Studies - Natural Resources
  • Patrick Malenosky- Certificate of Achievement Industrial Millwright Technology
  • Kelsey McClanahan - Associate of Applied Science Computer Programming
  • Jesse Meyers - Certificate of Achievement Accounting Technician
  • Amanda Murry - Associate of Science
  • Robin Paul-Woolever - Bachelor of Arts Elementary Education
  • Dillon Pollock - Associate of Applied Science Electrical Systems Technology
  • Anna Razo - Associate of Applied Science Business Administration - Accounting
  • Ivett Rodriguez - Certificate of Achievement Computer Technologies - Office Technology
  • Dennis Schuessler - Bachelor of Applied Science Management in Technology
  • Cherish Senrud - Bachelor of Arts Integrative Studies -Social Science
  • Dalton Shaw - Associate of Applied Science Diesel Technology
  • Jennifer Souza - Associate of Applied Science Radiology Technology
  • Michael Venzor - Associate of Applied Science Industrial Millwright Technology
  • Tyler Villanueva - Associate of Applied Science Business Administration - Entrepreneurship

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