139 Jump Start students graduate from WNC

Broc Strong of Dayton High School prepares to graduate from Western Nevada College with an associate degree.

Courtesy Steve Yingling, Western Nevada College

One of Western Nevada College’s largest Jump Start commencement classes to date celebrated the feat of earning their college degree before completing their high school education last week.

WNC honored its 2021 Jump Start graduating class of 139 students representing Carson, Churchill County, Dayton, Douglas, Fernley, Mineral County, Pioneer, Silver Stage, Smith Valley, Virginia City and Yerington high schools, as well as Oasis and Nevada Virtual academies and homeschool students.

Many of these same students will graduate from their respective high schools this week.


“We are extremely proud of all of the (139) Jump Start graduates who are transferring to universities or career programs, joining the military or entering the workforce,” said WNC Jump Start Counselor Tricia Wentz. “They have all worked very hard to balance college and high school academics as well as a variety of school and community activities. Each WNC Jump Start student has a tremendous story to share about challenges, achievements and reaching goals. We admire and celebrate you all!”

WNC’s Jump Start College was created in 2014 to help more students earn a college degree and to make it financially more feasible.

The grads were recognized during WNC’s 50th Commencement, which included drive-through ceremonies on May 24-25 on the Carson campus and May 27 on the Fallon campus.

For more information about WNC’s Jump Start College and high school dual enrollment programs, go to wnc.edu/high-school-programs/ or contact Wentz at tricia.wentz@wnc.edu.

WNC’s 2021 Jump Start grads are:

Carson High School

Veronica Burson, Walter Cruz, Mariah Dunham, Isabel Embro, AC Garcia, Morgan Golden, Abigail Golik, Kyle Holloway, Amberlee Ketten, Megan Mitchell, Makayla Mueller, Jacob Nichols, Justin Nussbaumer, William Ore, Ashley Pacheco, Guillermo Perez, Noah Presswood, Haylee Solorio, Amara Tedford, Taegen Tommila, Ana Vazquez, Edwin Vazquez, Chase Wixon, Levi Woods

Churchill County High School

Cade Barton, Jayden Jensen, Melanie Plasse, Will Swisher

Dayton High School

Elise Addington, Ashlynn Barwig, Kaitlin Brown, Isaiah Dums, Eden Evans, Hailey Glynn, Abigail Harker, Sarah Hodges, Anthony Jimenez, Makayla Lawson, Tyler Logan, Jada Mandeville, Samantha Motta, Kailey Olsen, Lance Peterson, Michael Rhoades, Diego Rojas, Haley Rose, Martha Soto Cuadras, Haylea Strickler, Broc Strong, Johnathon Thornton, Kimberly Torres Garcia, Zane Westom, Elena Winward

Douglas High School

Sarah Burt, Zoe Butterfield, Mikaela Camara, Megan Chandler, Hailey Fournier, Paige Mays, Brandon Roberts, Tanner Schultz, Hannah Serpa, Audrey Topp, Kyleigh Trahan

Fernley High School

Shaundrika Cassinelli, Chloe Cross, Samantha Funk, Carson Humes, Felicity Langley, Keilahna McFall, Mark Mitzen, Alexandra Paredes, Aschlynn Roemer, Blakeley Shoemaker, Nayeli Stopani Barrios, Jacqueline Torres, Alexis Young


Angelo Carlini, John Clauson, Anna Holley, Kaitlyn McDonald, Savannah Pinto

Mineral County High School

Perla Gutierrez, Juliet Hernandez

Nevada Virtual Academy

Dennis Tristen Abao, Kailey Aguilera, Brianna Aragon, Jamilett Catalan, Isaac Gonzales, Isiah Gonzales, Keila Ponce, Basemath Ross, Mohammad Shahzad, Taylor Wallace

Oasis Academy

Taryn Barrenchea, Aaron Brown, Matthew Catlin, Allison Christopherson, Makenzee Delacruz, Wyatt Gusewelle, Ericka Heath, Ryan Jones, Douglas Lee, Brian Lindsey, Alexandria Matter, Madelyn Mikulak, Melanie Moran, Amanda Ngo, Sadie O’Flaherty, Emily Payne, Callista Perez, Benjamin Polish, Luke Rechel, Kate Rios, Emma Robinson, Jem Thompson, Erin Wachsmuth

Pioneer High School

Ciarra Valladon, Dalton Yannikos

Silver Stage High School

William Moore

Smith Valley High School

Joseph Acciari, Maycee LaFleur

Virginia City High School

Ryan Conley, Zoe Coombs, AnnJoLee Field, Jennica Harold, Natalie Haskell, Luke Kohler, Jacob Mangosing, Daniel Matthies, Madison Morton, Audrey Rank, Katelyn Rasmussen, Gracie Smithee

Yerington High School

Bailey Coombs, Claire Coutts, Taylor Howard, Natalie Rubio, Kayla Villines

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