Incline High senior earns National Merit Scholarship to UNR |

Incline High senior earns National Merit Scholarship to UNR

Annette Summers | Special to the Bonanza

From left, Incline K-12 Principal Leslie Hermann, Jacqueline Just (Valerie's mother), Valerie Pober, Lionel Pober (her father) and Joe Cline, vice provost for undergraduate education at UNR.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Incline High School Senior Valerie Pober has received a full scholarship to the University of Nevada, Reno, signing her letter of intent to attend the university as a National Merit Scholar.

National Merit Scholars are selected from the group of students who earned the highest scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) in the fall of their junior year of high school.

The decision to go to UNR included many factors for Valerie. One of the primary reasons for applying to UNR included the opportunity to participate with faculty in mechanical engineering research.

"Right now, my plan is to gain a graduate degree in robotics," said Valerie.

Valerie also received music scholarships and will be taking violin and oboe lessons while in the university orchestra.

In addition, she was in the Nevada All-State band and was second chair oboe in 2015 and first chair in 2014.

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When asked what she will miss most about Incline, Valerie said, "I will miss the smaller classes I had at Incline, although the honors program offers me some of the same advantages, and of course I'll miss friends and teachers."

For seven years, the University of Nevada, Reno, has partnered with area high schools in Nevada Scholars Signing Days, ceremonies reminiscent of high school athletes' "signing days" to acknowledge the decision of these "best-and-brightest" scholars to pursue their college degree in Nevada.

Valerie's signing on Thursday, May 29, was the second ceremony held at Incline High School. The first was in 2013 for Jordan Jones.

This fall, the university's student body will include about 50 National Merit Scholars, the largest number ever enrolled at Nevada.

Scholarships awarded through National Merit programs are regarded as some of the highest academic honors attainable by U.S. high school students.

The university was notified of its sponsorship status by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation six years ago.

National Merit Scholars receive a $16,000 annual scholarship, which covers tuition and fees, books, and automatic entry into the Honors Program, as well as room and board in the Residential Scholars Community of the Nevada Living Learning Community building.

University President Marc Johnson, Executive President and Provost Kevin Carman, Vice Provost Joe Cline, deans, department chairs and many more university representatives were on hand at these events to congratulate and welcome the scholars who will enter the university as part of the Wolf Pack family this fall.

We wish Valerie much success and thank UNR for being a terrific partner to Incline High School.

Annette Summers is the marketing chair for the Incline High School Booster.