Education

Reno High Orchestra Presents Spring Concert with Poetry

By Jennifer Burton

The Reno High School Orchestra presented its spring concert with a bit of a twist this year, playing Camille Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals, with humorous narration written by poet Ogden Nash. The suite of musical movements has been played all over the world, but this may be the first playing of the famous piece [...]

MBA Students at UNR Rub Elbows with World-Class Business Professionals

By Jennifer Burton

Northern Nevadans have a big reason to take pride in the MBA program at UNR.  For the fourth year in a row, the Princeton Review has recognized the program in its "Best Business Schools" guidebook.  The ranking is based on data from the school as well as feedback from business students.  In addition, Bloomberg BusinessWeek [...]

Growing up in Northern Nevada Teaches Teenager About Life

By Jennifer Burton

Guest Post by Amanda Gallop
In a big city like New York or Boston, a seven year old driving a tractor is a rare and strange sight.  But in a tiny town in the Nevada desert, this sight was about as common as seeing vultures perched on fence posts.  I think that everyone can agree that [...]

Rotary Clubs Train Local Teens to be Future Leaders

By Jennifer Burton

How do you take a bunch of teenagers and teach them to be leaders?  The Rotary Middle School Leadership Program seems to have figured it out.  Rotary clubs from around Northern Nevada asked teachers and principals from 18 different schools to hand-pick five teens from their 8th grade classes and hand them over to professional [...]

Discovery Museum Fuels Kids' Curiosity

By Jennifer Burton

They say the cure for boredom is curiosity.  Toddlers and young children rarely get bored, but they do get curious.  They draw on walls with markers, unroll the toilet paper and engage in all manner of discovery, as we smile patiently and clean up the mess.  Soon they'll be able to channel all that energy [...]

If the Blue Angels Can't Make you Sick…

By Jennifer Burton

When I heard the brand new superintendent of Washoe County Schools was going to fly with the Blue Angels at the Reno Air Races… less than a month after arriving in Reno, I said to myself, "Who is this guy?  Is he nuts?"
Zorching around in the back of an F-18 takes guts on any level, [...]

Reno Teen Plays the Harp, wins the State 4 X 800 Relay and Lands Scholarship to East Coast Summer Writing & Film Program

By Jennifer Burton

Olivia Lowden spent an hour this weekend playing her harp for patients at a local hospital.  Then she put on her running shoes and knocked out a couple of miles on a training run.  She's also busy packing for a trip to Connecticut, where she landed a scholarship to attend a summer session at a [...]

The Right Stuff: Chuck Yeager Wows Students in Reno with tales of Flying Jets and Breaking the Sound Barrier

By Jennifer Burton

General Chuck Yeager recently shared his incredible story of blasting through the sound barrier with students, teachers and guests at Sage Ridge School in Reno.  The parents of  Matthew Johnston, a senior at the school, invited Yeager to visit and talk about his adventures flying jets.
Yeager surprised the audience when he told them that only [...]

Principal Comes out of Retirement to Help Mariposa Academy after Unexpected Death of the School's Director

By Jennifer Burton

Retired principal Neil Schott got a call on a Sunday night recently, asking if he'd consider coming out of retirement to take the reins temporarily at Reno's Mariposa Academy.  The school needed a principal after director George Ullom died unexpectedly.  "It was a very urgent situation for the school and I thought I could help [...]

New York Times Covers Mining Competition at UNR

By Jennifer Burton

Photographer Jim Wilson was busily snapping photos Friday at the International Mining Competition at UNR, when I asked him who he was shooting for. Imagine my surprise when he said "The New York Times." My next question was, "Why?"  Jim told me the Times covers stories all over the world, so why not in Reno. [...]