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.
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
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
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