Faith Moreira keeps her eye on the ball during a PCHS softball game in her final year of high school.
Faith Moreira keeps her eye on the ball during a PCHS softball game in her final year of high school.
During their years at PCHS, the Moreira sisters propelled their sports teams to three state titles. 

In 2010, Grace Moreira (Class of 2012) helped the girl’s basketball team claim its first trophy. Grace and the Lady Mustangs came back and did it again the following year.

In 2016, Grace’s little sister, Faith (Class of 2018), played for the top softball team in northern Nevada, another first.

“They both have championship rings,” says their mother, Shelley Moreira. “Johnny and I enjoyed watching the girls succeed in both sports and academics. We made lifelong friends along the way.”

Johnny Moreira helped with coaching duties on his daughter’s teams. The sisters played volleyball, softball and basketball. Faith cheered on the spirit squad. 

Shelley Moreira describes herself as a helicopter mom. 

“Sending Faith off to Fort Jackson, SC, for BCT with the Nevada Army National Guard was one of the most stressful times of my life,” she says. “She looked so young.” 

Faith began basic combat training the summer between her junior and senior years, at 17. Time marched along.

On Jan. 3, 2020, the National Guard sent Faith and the rest of the 757th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion on a year-long mission to aid overseas troops in eastern Europe. 

Steve and Kathy Sisolak attended the mobilization ceremony at the National Guard’s Reid Readiness Center in Stead. 

So did Johnny and Shelley Moreira.

“We cried more than a few tears that day,” says Shelley Moreira.

Today, at 20, Faith manages her battalion’s light-duty vehicles in Powidz, a tiny village in west-central Poland.

Grace Moreira graduated from UNR in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

“She worked for a couple of years and then joined the military- something she had talked about since high school,” says her mother. 

Grace is now a 2nd Lieutenant stationed in the 16th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. She’s training to become a tank commander.

Next, she’s headed to Airborne School and Army Ranger School. 

Then she’ll go to her permanent duty station at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

The global pandemic affected both young women.

“They’ve basically been on lockdown since all this started. Faith is on a military base, so they’re not allowed to go anywhere. Grace lives off base, but she has also been on lockdown orders for the past 60 days or so,” says Moreira.

Nevertheless, the future looks bright. Faith is taking online classes with Great Basin College. 

She plans to continue her education at the Elko campus when she returns home at the end of the year. She’s already a certified dental assistant.

“The current debate is whether to go ahead with dental hygiene school or be an elementary school teacher,” says Moreira. “I think that decision is still up in the air.”

Whatever Faith decides, the Nevada National Guard will cover 100 percent of her college tuition.

When asked to name a few of her happiest memories, Shelley Moreira answers without hesitation. She’ll never forget those state championship wins.

“There’s no better parental moment than watching your child succeed and experience overwhelming joy and happiness,” she says. “However, both girls also suffered devastating sports losses, and I was proud to see them handle those moments with poise and maturity.”