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October 20, 2019

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All Inner-City Games participants called winners


Forty-three local youths have been recognized as part of the educational activities of the Greater Las Vegas Inner-City Games.

During a special ceremony Wednesday hosted by the DIVE! Restaurant in the Fashion Show mall, winners of the art and writing contests received scholarship awards, and the names of the junior broadcasters and Las Vegas ambassadors for the Inner-City Games were announced.

"We want our children to know there's a lot of caring adults here to give kids something to do," Elaine Eynn, co-chairwoman of the Inner-City Games, said. "Especially in summer when boredom sets in and trouble can begin."

Wynn said that just by participating in the many sporting events and activities provided by the Games, kids show they are winners.

School Superintendent Brian Cram said it was important to help youths who want to make positive contributions.

"In education, we have a principle called the Noah Principle," he said. "We don't need more people predicting rain, but more people building arks."

Acknowledging the Inner-City Games programs, and the parents and teachers in the audience, he said, "This is ark building."

More than 2,500 students from selected schools participated in the art and writing contests. The theme was "Who Am I?"

The winners, who received scholarship awards Wednesday sponsored by Citibank and ranging from $100 to $1,000, are:


* High school: First -- Malia Atta, Valley; second -- Gerson Argueta, Valley; third -- Brandy Whisenant, Las Vegas Academy.

* Middle school: First -- Albert Montoya, Cashman; second -- Amy Mitchell, Boys & Girls Club; third -- Samantha Mays, Roy Martin.

* Elementary school: First -- Brenita Dent, R. Guild Gray; second -- Amanda Gualtieri, Elaine Wynn; third -- Jessica Goodwin, Crestwood.


* High school: First -- Nidya Rivera, Las Vegas Academy; second -- Jennifer Troche, Rancho; third -- Ray Figueredo, Valley.

* Middle school: First -- Rosario Alvarez, Roy Martin; second -- Shannon Kidwell, Roy Martin; third -- Tim Van Alstine, Roy Martin.

* Elementary school: First -- Tatiana Chieks, Matt Kelly; second -- Kevin Vasquez, Matt Kelly; third -- Stephen Willey, Rex Bell.

Nidya Rivera, winner of the high school contest, will be a junior journalist for the Las Vegas SUN. She will be writing about the Inner-City Games activities through September.

Nineteen junior broadcasters, age 13 to 17, were named. They will receive training at local radio and television stations. They received preliminary training from UNLV's Greenspun School of Communications.

The junior broadcasters are: Mylissa Acevedo, Candice Brower, Lynsey Coffman, Tracy Crittenden, Rita Debesai, Susie Draney, Johanna Elias, Gerimar Hicks, Julie Johnston, Benjamin Keroles, Amber McDonald, Brione Minor, Zach Pogue, Deana Serano, James Sims, Carolyn Tabor, Gabriel Tamasi, Ninfa Vega and Amy Zabrosky.

Six youths were chosen as ambassadors on the basis of academic achievement, participating in extracurricular activities and outstanding community service. They are: Lisa Akbari, Nevada Partners; Paul Borgos, Las Vegas Academy; Alejandro Espinzoa, Roy Martin Middle School; Karl Joseph Jr., Boys & Girls Club; Zach Pogue, Valley High School; and Kristina Ramos, Big Brothers, Big Sisters.