The Washoe County School District celebrates the Class of 2023! We honor 19 members of this graduating class in the annual Countdown to Graduation. These students are outstanding—each in their own way—succeeding in school … overcoming obstacles … and making plans for bright futures that lie ahead. To college… to work… to military service—Countdown Graduates are taking their experiences and knowledge … and getting ready to embark on the next great adventure. Each weekday, beginning May 31, we will introduce you to two Countdown Graduates and tell you their stories. Visit our social media channels and website for more on these amazing young people and their plans for the future. Congratulations, Class of 2023, we are proud of you!
Ethan Martinez represents Reed High School in this year’s Countdown to Graduation celebration. He is praised for his positive and uplifting attitude. After an injury prevented him from continuing to play on Reed’s football team, he became a star pitcher on the school’s baseball team. He plans to pursue a business degree at UNR this fall. Congratulations, Ethan!
Osmar Soto was selected to represent Galena High School in the 2023 Countdown to Graduation campaign. He came to the United States during middle school and learned to speak English after he arrived. He has dedicated himself to helping other students, and now serves as a bilingual tutor at Echo Loder Elementary School to support younger students who are learning the language. Congratulations, Osmar!
Tehya Armijo represents Washoe Inspire Academy in this year’s Countdown to Graduation celebration. She is described as a quiet and thoughtful student who faced setbacks in her education, then worked in concert with teachers and staff at Washoe Inspire Redfield Academy to earn her class credits and graduate with her class of 2023. Tehya had an option to return to her zoned high school but chose to stay with Inspire due to her close connections with her teachers, staff and friends there! She looks forward to a bright future and is known for her positive outlook. Congratulations, Tehya!
Alyssa Mastin was chosen as valedictorian and Innovations High School’s Countdown Graduate for 2023. Known for her consistently positive attitude and quiet leadership of her fellow students, she has worked with Black Wall Street Reno to help many in our community who are in need, especially young people. She is a cancer survivor and lost a close family member during the COVID pandemic but has worked hard to succeed in school. Congratulations, Alyssa!
Jinren Jiang represents Reno High School in the Countdown to Graduation for 2023. He serves as Battalion Commander of the Huskie Battalion (JROTC) and hopes to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. His parents immigrated from China, and Jinren is grateful to be in the United States. He will attend UNR and enter their ROTC program. Congratulations, Jinren!
Here is the list of honored graduates in the 2023 Countdown to Graduation:
Gerlach K-12 School—Thomas Dutcher
TMCC High School—Niko Amari
Picollo School—Sean Bailie
Incline High School—Marcos Resendez
Sparks High School—Thomas Warren
McQueen High School—Carmina Aglubat
Damonte Ranch High School—Maya Bringhurst
North Valleys High School—Octavio Gomez Ortega
Spanish Springs High School—Alexia Santaolalla
North Star Online School—David Lawrence
Hug High School—Andrea Oviatt
Wooster High School—Erik Ceja
RISE Academy for Adult Achievement—Luis Cordero
Reno High School—Jinren Jiang
Innovations High School - Alyssa Mastin
Washoe Inspire Academy - Tehya Amijio
Galena High School—Osmar Soto
Reed High School—Ethan Martinez