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Sun Youth Forum Bios - 2010

Nearly 1,000 students participated in the 2010 Sun Youth Forum. Below are the biographies of some of those students who took part.

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  • Ariel O'Neill
  • High School: Boulder City High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Softball
  • Favorite Book: "The Host" by Stephenie Myer
  • Favorite Movie: "Pearl Harbor"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Taylor Swift
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Drunk driving and underage drinking
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Peace and war
  • Future Plans: Becoming a nurse.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Having fun and being a fun person.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 17 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Getting the diversity of people.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Traffic.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Wisconsin at Osh Kosh
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I smile too much and laugh too much. I'm really athletic. I'm a Green Bay Packers fan.
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  • Micheal Garrett
  • High School: Clark High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Secretary of North Valley Leadership Team
  • Favorite Book: "2001 Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Favorite Movie: "The Matrix"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Bob Marley
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education. It sucks.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Genocide in Darfur
  • Future Plans: Hopefully go to college, but I need money.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Funniest guy to be around. When you saw me, you got happy.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 17 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: I don't know if there is anything. There's not much here to do for kids.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Weather. It's freezing. I can deal with the heat.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: College of Southern Nevada
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I view myself as a person who when faced with any challenge would do anything to succeed and have fun.
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  • Asiannae Johnson
  • High School: Mojave High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Keystone fundraising club, high fashion sports internship
  • Favorite Book: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou
  • Favorite Movie: I don't have one.
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: India Arie, Alicia Keys, Vivian Green, soul music
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education system, how they've cut funding and foster care.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: War in Iraq
  • Future Plans: I want to become a drama psychotherapist. Use theater and performing arts to zone in on sessions with people.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The goofy one.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 7 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: That's hard since I moved from California. I guess the fact that Nevada is a Right to Work state.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: It contributes to the income, but gambling and gambling addiction.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Spelman College
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I am a foster child. I was put into foster care when I was 5 years old. I was the fifth child out of six — it was too much for my mom. I want to prove to the people who doubted me wrong. You can't tell me what I can't be. It's my motivation. I've lived a pretty rugged lifestyle, but that's life.
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  • Christina Angarola
  • High School: Bonanza High School
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Volleyball, junior class secretary, National Honor Society.
  • Favorite Book: "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Favorite Movie: "Angels and Demons"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Kesha, Justin Bieber, pop music
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education in general and how to improve it.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Health care
  • Future Plans: Going to college and becoming a chemical engineer and having a family.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Someone who was smart and reliable
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 16 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather and the changing of the seasons.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Not much to do for teens.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of California at Santa Barbara or Berkeley
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm a smart and reliable person. I care for others and think about others before I act. I work hard and do things to the best of my abilities. Chemistry is my favorite subject.
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  • Gabrielle Javier-Favela
  • High School: Basic High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Key Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club
  • Favorite Book: I don't have one.
  • Favorite Movie: "Pursuit of Happyness"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: All kinds of music: alternative rock, J-Pop, K-Pop, anything that sounds good to me.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Economy and how the homeless population and poverty are increasing.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Oil and the war in Iraq
  • Future Plans: Going into nursing or becoming a pediatrician, but I don't know if I can afford it.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The girl who always smiled, was nice and was involved in the community.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 2 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Meeting new people. I moved here from Hawaii
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: How cold it is. I don't mind the heat, you stay inside when it's hot out.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: I'm going back to Hawaii for community college then to a four-year university.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm a team player. I like helping people and the community. I'm a good sport. I love being compassionate and despise bullying and racism. I miss Hawaii, everything about it.
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  • Jasmine Sharma
  • High School: Meadows School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Policy Debate, Mock Trial, Tennis, Indo-Pak Club, Invisible People
  • Favorite Book: "A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man" by James Joyce
  • Favorite Movie: "Blood Diamond"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Indie music, mainstream music. I love John Mayer.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Regulating the economy, getting jobs and tourism back.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Terrorism, wars in the Middle East and our dependence on foreign oil.
  • Future Plans: Applying to college and becoming a doctor.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: I'm pretty social with people, and a crazy exotic girl, but I want to be the one who made an impact.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 10 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Climate. I don't like the cold climate.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Can't do anything as a kid.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Southern California or Northwestern University
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm a compassionate person. I like to discuss issues with people like policy debate and in my AP literature class. I like being a leader. I'm the co-captain of my tennis team and the president of the Invisible People and Indo-Pak clubs. I like talking with people and having my views change. My dad's a doctor. I just like helping people. I'm really interested in medical research to develop cures. Becoming a part of Doctors Without Borders is one of my dreams.
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  • Joe Stout
  • High School:North West Career Technical Academy
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Media, National Honor Society
  • Favorite Book: "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand
  • Favorite Movie: "Boondock Saints"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Rock music
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Money, not enough income, foreclosures, jobs.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Relations with China
  • Future Plans: Military — going into the Air Force. I couldn't see myself sitting behind a desk. I want to make a difference.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The kid who gave advice
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 15 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The fact that it's always moving. It's a face-paced city.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Jobs. There are no jobs for teens since adults are taking them.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Air Force Academy
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I view myself as a leader. I've made a difference in other people's lives. I'm outgoing. I enjoy people and making a difference in their lives because I know how hard it is to be a teen. I come from an Italian culture. Family is close-knit. I help others with their parents. I'm the advice guy.
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  • Jonathan Sarmenta
  • High School: North West Career Technical Academy
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honor Society
  • Favorite Book: "I am the Messenger" by Marcus Zusak
  • Favorite Movie: "Inception"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: The Beatles, classic rock
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Job prospects, recreation, education
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Internal conflicts in Africa, Sierra Leone, Liberia
  • Future Plans: Going to college, majoring in film studies
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Someone who inspired people and was quotable.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 17 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Close relations we have with locals
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Not much to do for kids my age. It's an adult city.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Ivy league
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I see life in a different light. A lot of people don't realize the depth of what I can feel or see. I truly want to make a difference. People need to realize that there's a lot more to life. I enjoy the simple things: rain, nature in general. I do what I do. I give to others and try to give back.
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  • Joy Cooper
  • High School: East Career Technical Academy
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: DECA marketing team, Yearbook
  • Favorite Book: "Thirteen Reasons Why" by Jay Asher
  • Favorite Movie: "Titanic"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Sybil, Twilight
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Unemployment. There are so many people unemployed right now.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Korea, the bombing there.
  • Future Plans: Going to do an audition to get into a college acting program.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The person who always was fun to be around and was there for others.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 12 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The sunshine.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: No forests or greenery.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm ambitious, fun loving and caring. I have a lot of family in the Philippines. My father used to be in military and is retired now and is an ROTC instructor at Las Vegas High School. I lived in Korea for a year or two. Living abroad broadens horizons and opens minds about the world.
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  • Karen Gabitanan
  • High School: Rancho High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Cheerleading, track, wrestling, student ambassador, Polynesian dancing and Key Club
  • Favorite Book: "The Giver" by Lois Lowry
  • Favorite Movie: "Titanic"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Hip-hop
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: School funding
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: War and troop levels
  • Future Plans: To serve in the military. To get a Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps scholarship
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Person who was in a lot of clubs
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 12 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: I like the tourists and meeting new people.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Gambling
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I want to study nursing because there always are jobs available and I get to help people.
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  • Karl Falkenstein
  • High School: Chaparral High School
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Anime club, wants to start a MMA club
  • Favorite Book: "Artemis Fowl" by Eoin Colfer
  • Favorite Movie: I don't have one.
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: A bit of everything.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Current politicians. Harry Reid was better than the other choice, but I don't like him.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Countries aren't getting along, global recession.
  • Future Plans: Business owner
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: That one funny kid.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 6 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: I don't have to worry about earthquakes, tornadoes or severe natural disasters.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The cold. I can stand the heat if I have water.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, College of Idaho, or the Air Force or Naval academies
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm 16 and I have a sense of humor. I like playing video games. When I become successful, I want to help others.
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  • Mary-Kate Reilly
  • High School:Cimarron-Memorial High School
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Pep club
  • Favorite Book: "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
  • Favorite Movie: "Shawshank Redemption"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: The new Kid Cudi album
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education, Millennium scholarship
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: World economy
  • Future Plans: To major in journalism.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The tall girl who did something and made a difference.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 16 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Just being in Las Vegas.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The heat. The economy sucks, too. It's not doing well.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Nevada at Reno
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: Tall, loud and witty.
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  • Scott Walker
  • High School: Sierra Vista High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honor Society
  • Favorite Book: "Dante's Inferno" by Dante Alighieri and anything by Edgar Allen Poe
  • Favorite Movie: "The Dark Knight"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: All metal: heavy, death, thrash and black
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Job creation and the economy
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Taking care of the environment. It affects everyone everywhere.
  • Future Plans: Take a gap year and travel to Europe, Italy and Norway. To go to college and become a doctor or a chemist.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: That guy who nobody knew but accomplished so much... cured a disease or helped a country.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Four years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Opportunity to go out and have entertainment like concerts, movies and malls. I used to live in Pahrump. There's a lot of variety here.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The people who don't know how to drive or think about others. Though, the students here seem genuine.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: College of Southern Nevada then to Oregon or Washington State for graduate school. I like the way of life there.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm a musician. I play everything. My word is initiative; I get things done. I'm determined and not to brag, but people tell me I'm intelligent. I'm openminded with a strong stance on certain issues.
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  • Taylor Sissons
  • High School: Durango High School
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Drama club
  • Favorite Book: "Invisible Monsters" by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Favorite Movie: "Dead Poets Society"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: A little bit of everything. I have a very electric taste from folk to Israeli pop to movie soundtracks.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Yucca Mountain, because it's insane that it'll take 50 years to move nuclear waste from east to west, and by that time, we'll have cleaner technology to dispose of it. It's risky to transfer all this nuclear waste. It's all sorts of stupid.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: The cholera outbreak in Haiti. I wouldn't want to be a Haitian right now.
  • Future Plans: I want to travel the country and get hands-on knowledge of who makes the country what it is.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: That really crazy kid who was smart.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Six years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: How diverse the people are here. Tourists, people from all over the world come here. You get people from all walks of life.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: If you're not 21, there's nothing to do. It's kind of boring.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Still looking, but considering Humboldt College.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I transferred from Las Vegas (High) to Durango. I was surprised I was nominated for this. I'm not a very motivated student, but I love learning. Music is super important to me. It's my life.
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  • Vincent Mecado
  • High School: Spring Valley High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honor Society, Key Club, Math club
  • Favorite Book: "Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Favorite Movie: I don't have one.
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Rock, rap, indie, classical, techno, country... I like it all.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Economy and how it affects education funding.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: International relations
  • Future Plans: Major in communications.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Someone who liked to serve and help others.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Five years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Meeting new people; it's diverse here.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather. The heat is just crazy.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Oregon State
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm relaxed, pretty chill. I'm the leader in some clubs, but I relate to people and make them feel comfortable. It's all about hospitality in my family.
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  • Will Bauer
  • High School: Boulder City High School
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Varsity orchestra, Bleacher Bums, National Art Honor Society, Interact
  • Favorite Book: "The Four Hour Work Week" by Timothy Ferriss
  • Favorite Movie: "Inglourious Basterds"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Virtually everything. I love the Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Unemployment rate and the pay for teachers is low.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Genocides in different countries, rebellions.
  • Future Plans: Become an English or creative-writing professor.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The kid who couldn't do anything, but became more successful than them. Success is not being wealthy, but being truly happy. Only you can judge that.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 17 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: A lot of diversity. People from all over the U.S. come here.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: California drivers. They annoy me.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: University of Kansas for undergrad and Northwestern University for graduate school
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm definitely an absent-minded professor. I know a lot about very random things, and I'm really all over the place and different than most students in a way. I want to become an English professor because it's one of the few subjects that takes all different approaches. It's subjective. Each person's view of an essay is different.
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  • Lindsey Melvin
  • High School: Basic
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Tennis and track
  • Favorite Book: "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes
  • Favorite Movie: "Fight Club"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Taylor Swift
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Unemployment and job loss
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: The spread of Islam
  • Future Plans: Go to college and become a nurse.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the great athlete and scholar.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 15 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The community and the publicity
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The amount of drugs and alcohol
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: UNLV and Touro University
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I am a 17-year-old girl attending Basic High School with plans to go to college and become a nurse. I am fascinated with science and politics, and I am a strong conservative. I am a varsity tennis player, and I run varsity track. Athletics are my favorite thing to be involved in.
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  • Suluck Pete Klumprasert
  • High School: Sierra Vista
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society, Nu Alpha Theta, Varsity Quiz, Orchestra
  • Favorite Book: "The Jester" by James Patterson
  • Favorite Movie: "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Linkin Park and Silversun Pickups
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: The unemployment rate
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: The global economic system
  • Future Plans: Go to college and then on to medical school
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Involved
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 10 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The quality of education
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Oregon or UNR
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I believe that being involved and invested in your community is the key to self-success and societal prosperity.
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  • Alberto Jaquez
  • High School: Southeast Career Technical Academy
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Black Student Union, Student Organization of Latinos
  • Favorite Book: "Hanging Woods" by Scott Loring Sanders
  • Favorite Movie: "Training Day"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Drake
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: The economy and jobs
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: War and global warming
  • Future Plans: I want to go to college, get a car, get a job and provide.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the sweet guy who always cheered you up.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Nine years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: My friends
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: College of Southern Nevada
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm the type of guy that is sweet, caring, respectful, achieving. If I want something, I'm not afraid to go and get it.
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  • Taylor Crisp
  • High School: Cimarron Memorial
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society, cross country and track, band and jazz band
  • Favorite Book: "Wind, Sand, and Stars" by Antoine de Saint Exupéry
  • Favorite Movie: "In Bruges"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: "The Crane Wife"
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Construction projects near Blue Diamond
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: The War on Terror
  • Future Plans: Attend Columbia University as a journalism and film major. Become a documentary filmmaker and environmental engineer.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: I'm never going back.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Three years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Educational opportunities.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Everything else.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Columbia University
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm a stereotypically inactive liberal environmentalist who constantly bemoans the state of the world's environment and social trends.
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  • Chris Bennett
  • High School: Foothill
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Debate Club
  • Favorite Book: None
  • Favorite Movie: None
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Nothing
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Elections.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Oil drilling.
  • Future Plans: I plan to be a computer programmer.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As a debate king.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Four years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: People assume I live in a hotel.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Dixie State
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm competitive.
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  • Nicolas Sanchez
  • High School: Rancho
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society and Thespian Troupe 2145
  • Favorite Book: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
  • Favorite Movie: "The Breakfast Club"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Anything with a beat.
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: The school system's budget.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Disease
  • Future Plans: Psychologist or forensic examiner.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: A smart, funny guy.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 14 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: There's always something going on.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Too many people live here.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: UNLV
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm am easy to get along with and have large expectations. I have many goals and plan to achieve them.
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  • BreAnna Fraser
  • High School: Foothill
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Basketball, Forensics, Spanish Club
  • Favorite Book: None
  • Favorite Movie: "The Notebook"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Christmas music
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Terrorism and nuclear war
  • Future Plans: I want to play basketball at a four-year college and then get my MBA.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The walking contradiction.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Born here, but then left and moved back — total of four years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The opportunities
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: It is Sin City.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Pepperdine, I hope
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm outgoing and always active. I love basketball with a passion. I've lived all over America because my dad used to be in the Army. Forensics has become a huge part of my life, and I like it almost as much as basketball. My family is a huge part of my life, and I have high aspirations.
  • Alysha Davis
  • High School: Foothill
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: ProStart 2
  • Favorite Book: None
  • Favorite Movie: "Up"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Miley Cyrus
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Kids dropping out of school.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: The economy.
  • Future Plans: Get a degree in criminal justice.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The one who made her dreams come true.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Born here.
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: You meet all kinds of different people.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The heat.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: I don't know yet.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm fun, energetic and the most outgoing person you will meet.
  • Stacie Mitchell
  • High School: College of Southern Nevada-West
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society, track and cross country
  • Favorite Book: All of the "Harry Potter" books
  • Favorite Movie: All of the "Harry Potter" films
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Paramore
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Public education
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Unemployment
  • Future Plans: Go to college and get a job in pharmaceutical sciences.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Valedictorian.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Two years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: All the entertainment.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Education
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: SUNY-Geneseo
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: Education is really important to me. I don't like politics, but someone has to deal with the issues at hand. I like hanging out with my friends and trying new things.
  • Kathleen Bodin
  • High School: Foothill
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Student Council, Rotary Club, National Honors Society, cheerleading
  • Favorite Book: "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers
  • Favorite Movie: "Legally Blonde"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Taylor Swift
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Education.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Terrorism.
  • Future Plans: College and then law school.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the fun, nice, energetic girl who didn't deal with pointless high-school relationships.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 10 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Always something to do.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Dealing with the tourists.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Wheaton College in Chicago
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm an outgoing, fun-loving person who has a lot of great friends. I get involved in everything I can. I love to debate current issues and express my opinion always.
  • Amy Ortega
  • High School: Las Vegas
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Editor at school yearbook
  • Favorite Book: The "Harry Potter" series
  • Favorite Movie: The "Harry Potter" series
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Britney Spears
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Umm... (laughs)
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: There is too much war.
  • Future Plans: To be a photographer for Sports Illustrated.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Creating the best yearbook ever
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Forever
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The shopping
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The heat
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: San Diego State, Arizona or Boise State
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm funny, outgoing, materialistic and fun to be around. I have big goals and intend to accomplish them all. I have the most determination of everyone I know.
  • Jeremy Sidell
  • High School: Foothill
  • Class: 2012
  • Clubs/Activities: Forensics, cross country, track, mock trial and Varsity Quiz
  • Favorite Book: "Airborne" by Tom Clancy
  • Favorite Movie: "The Lord of the Rings" series
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: System of a Down
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: The education system.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Japanese military involvement by the U.S.
  • Future Plans: I would like to be a pilot or even an aerospace engineer.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: As the one who was being really funny during a really sad occasion.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Nine years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The spring and the fall
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Summer and winter
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Not sure yet.
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I like dressing fancy, like I am now, with my fedora on my head. I also like doing quadratic long division.
  • Jamie Mitchell
  • High School: College of Southern Nevada-West
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society, Student Council and Leadership, cross country and track
  • Favorite Book: All of the "Harry Potter" books
  • Favorite Movie: All of the "Harry Potter" movies
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Paramore
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: The school system.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Clean water.
  • Future Plans: College, finding a house, getting married, owning my own business and making a good living.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Valedictorian.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Two years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: The entertainment.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The weather.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: SUNY-College of Environment Science and Forestry
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I am an outgoing kid who strives to do something influential during my lifetime. I like science, the environment and design. I enjoy running, swimming and any other sport. I am happy to be here!
  • Kaylan Poindexter
  • High School: College of Southern Nevada-West
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: Student Council and Leadership Club
  • Favorite Book: "Prom Dates from Hell" by Maggie Quinn
  • Favorite Movie: "Stick It"
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Trance and J-Pop
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: Lake Mead and our water situation.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Unemployment.
  • Future Plans: For now, just going to college.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: Outgoing
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: Four years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: I don't know.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: Education quality.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Cornell College or the University of San Diego
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I'm outgoing and love to plan activities and hope to be in a biology or chemistry field.
  • Xavier Fuson
  • High School: College of Southern Nevada-West
  • Class: 2011
  • Clubs/Activities: National Honors Society
  • Favorite Book: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" by J.K. Rowling
  • Favorite Movie: The "Harry Potter" movies
  • What Are You Listening to on Your iPod: Paramore
  • Current Nevada Issue That Most Concerns You: High unemployment and the education department.
  • Current World Issue That Most Concerns You: Clean water for everyone.
  • Future Plans: Going to college, then cancer research, traveling and living in New York.
  • How Do You Want to be Remembered at Your High School Reunion: The person who cured cancer.
  • How Long Have you Been in Las Vegas: 18 years
  • Best Part About Living in Las Vegas: Entertainment scene.
  • Worst Part About Living in Las Vegas: The schools.
  • Where You Plan on Going to College: Syracuse
  • Tell Us About Yourself in 100 Words or Fewer: I am a very outgoing, dedicated, smart, thoughtful and altruistic person. I love expanding my horizons and learning about new topics. I like to watch education shows such as "Nova."