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Jun. 04, 2010

TYLER COYNER

PVHS salutatorian dreams of Ivy League

By NISHELLE ROBBINS
SPECIAL TO THE PVT



HORACE LANGFORD JR. / PVT
Tyler Coyner, PVHS salutatorian, plans on pursuing a degree in finance.


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The salutatorian for Pahrump Valley High School's class of 2010 is not the same person he was when he walked into school as a freshman.

"I was a weirdo then," said Tyler Coyner, who said he was a shy student focused on academics. That focus earned him a 4.54 grade point average.

One day, Coyner realized that he didn't want to be that shy kid anymore. "Nothing will change for you; you have to make an effort to make a better future," he said.

The now outgoing Coyner made interacting with others a key part of his high school experience. He was involved in the Renaissance Club and Future Business Leaders of America. FBLA created and participated in a community service project this year, and that project is leading them to a national competition in July.

Aside from clubs at school, Coyner still made academics a priority. His favorite teacher was Steve Nygaard. "I had him for biology during my freshman year and AP biology my senior year. He steered me in a direction towards college and we also discussed science issues together," said Coyner.

Unlike other students, Coyner wouldn't change any part of his high school experience. "Even the mistakes I've done were worth it," said Coyner. He also notes that underclassmen should know that "being responsible is one of the key things to being successful; branch out with sports or clubs. You will be better off in the future."

The part of high school Coyner will never forget is the camaraderie. "It's the random high school things we did like mess with the teachers or watch movies in class," he said.

After he graduates, Coyner will go into the University of Nevada, Reno finance program. After two years he plans to transfer to Chicago. Once he obtains his degree, Coyner plans on going to an Ivy League school. He has his sights set on either Harvard or Stanford, the Ivy League school of the West. He wants to eventually become the manager of a hedge fund.

Coyner is extremely excited for graduation and for what lies ahead in his future. "I just want to wish all of my fellow graduates good luck in their future," he said.










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