Education achievements

Votes sought to award Silver Springs student

Omar Ziadeh of Silver Springs is a finalist to win a $1,500 college scholarship through the Small Business Success Student Scholarship Program. Ziadeh was chosen as one of 10 finalists from a pool of more than 500 applicants.’s scholarship committee narrowed the field down to 10 finalists, and the public’s vote via Facebook will determine three winners who will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward furthering their education.

To apply, Ziadeh submitted an essay about his experience with Inline Metrology Solutions, an electronics/engineering company his family owns. He plans to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall.

Individuals can vote once per day through May 31 at

Carson, Douglas natives excel in Oregon

Beau Battista from Gardnerville, Kelly Brandon from Carson City, JoHannah Farmer from Gardnerville, Charlotte McKernan from Carson City were named to University of Oregon’s dean’s list for the winter term.

The dean’s list included 1,543 students.

Stokes makes dean’s list at Seattle Pacific University

Haley Patricia Stokes of Carson City made the 2014 winter quarter dean’s list at Seattle Pacific University. To qualify, students must complete at least 12 credits and attained a 3.50 or higher grade-point average.

Area man graduates from University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Ross L. Ferguson of Gardnerville was among more than 2,900 students who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in ceremonies May 9-10. He received a master of business administration degree from the Division of Graduate Studies.

Dayton man graduates from Gonzaga University

Thomas Scott of Dayton participated in Gonzaga University’s graduation exercises during a commencement ceremony on May 11 in Spokane’s Veterans’ Memorial Arena. Thomas graduated with a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering.

Drozdoff named to dean’s list

Carson City native Benjamin Drozdoff was named to the Seaver College dean’s list for the spring semester at Pepperdine University.

To make the list, students must be in the upper 10 percent of their class and maintain a 3.5 or better grade-point average. Drozdoff is one of only 275 students to receive the honor.

Phi Kappa Phi initiates Douglas students

Thomas Avant of Gardnerville and Whitney Snider of Minden were initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at University of Nevada, Reno.

Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.


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