The Summerlin Children’s Forum, a non-profit organization, was established in 1997 by the Summerlin master-planned community and its developer, The Howard Hughes Corp. They recently awarded four college scholarships to outstanding high school graduates who are residents of the community, as they do every year.
The organization has funded scholarships, enrichment grants, and special educational programs totaling nearly $700,000. This annual scholarship program is open to all graduating high school seniors that reside in Summerlin, regardless of where they attended high school. The students represent the very best from their respective schools within our community for academic achievement and commitment to community service.
This year’s four Summerlin Children’s Forum scholars are acquaintances whose friendship began when they all attended Sig Rogich Middle School in Summerlin.
The first scholar is Yixi Yang, a graduate of Palo Verde High School, who will attend Yale University to study science with the goal of going to medical school. Yang graduated in the top 4 percent of Palo Verde’s senior class and served as a member of the school’s Varsity Quiz team. His volunteer service included working the front desk at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center and packing meal bags for Project 150.
Lauren Sparks, a graduate of Palo Verde High School, will attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she plans to study English and secondary education with the goal of teaching at the high school level. She has been enrolled in numerous advanced placement courses. Throughout high school, Sparks logged nearly 145 hours of volunteer service with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, more than 400 hours for Best Buddies, and 160 hours for the school’s Random Acts of Kindness Club.
Katharine Injee Son, a graduate of West Career and Technical Academy, will attend the University of Southern California, where she plans to study health promotion and disease prevention with the goal of becoming a physician. She is particularly interested in neurobiology as it relates to addiction. Son is active in a number of student medical organizations; he founded the WCTA Red Cross Club and is an active volunteer at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center.
Kiana Partovi, a graduate of the College of Southern Nevada High School West, will attend the University of Nevada, Reno, where she plans to study computer science with the ultimate goal of developing strategies to help companies reduce their carbon footprint. She graduated high school with a number of college credits as a student at the College of Southern Nevada High School West. She is an active volunteer with the Desert Smiles Dental Volunteer Program. She gave more than 540 hours to the Youth Council Batteries Included program; 160 hours at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission; and 192 hours as a foster for strays.
The entire Smith King team congratulates all the scholarship winners.
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