• 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!

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    Reed High School: Ethan Martinez

    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!

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    Galena High School: Osmar Soto

    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!

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    Washoe Inspire Academy: Tehya Armijo

    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!

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    Innovations High School: Alyssa Mastin

    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!

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    Reno High School: Jinren Jiang

    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!

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  • 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 SchoolMarcos Resendez

    AACT—Hope Bennett

    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

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