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The following outstanding student cadets successfully completed the Army JROTC marksmanship training and safety education program: Allister Roselle, Aleah Kossan, Brandon Coppinger, Jerry Vesey, Joshua Eggert, MacKenna Danielson, Jarod Hulme, and Sydney Park. Each of these students achieved a 100% on the Marksmanship safety test, and are now eligible to practice in the Challenger Air Rifle 3 Position Shooting Development program. Last year’s competition team placed second in the Iowa State Junior Olympics and State Marksmanship championships – best of luck this year!
KWQC news reporter Rebecca David recently visited West High’s iJAG (Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates) classroom to speak with students and learn about the program. West student Sencere Gray helped Rebecca with the story by participating in a job shadow where he learned about being a news reporter, leading to him assisting with running the camera to get footage for the piece. To watch the broadcast, please visit: https://www.kwqc.com/content/news/West-high-school-program-helps-students-graduate–502122752.html
North High Senior Carter Josund was named to the Academic All-State Team in Class 4A by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association. To be eligible for this honor, students must have an ACT score of 27 or higher, they must have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, and they must be a senior who played in half of the meets during the season. Only 11 golfers statewide met the criteria required to be included on this team.
Creative Arts Academy 8th grader Oliver Klipsch recently starred in The Nutcracker as the young Prince. Domingo Rubio, director of the production, says of Klipsch, “He has a way of moving. He does one gesture, and he’s better than a professional.” To read the entire Quad City Times article on the production, please click here.
West High is one of only fifteen schools throughout the nation to be awarded a $10,000 Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam™ Grant for invention projects. This is the second time West has won the grant in three years. West student Alexa Christiansen wrote the grant for the school’s InvenTeam, who are working to create a water filtration system for Muamba, Kenya, which will potentially save millions of lives. To learn more about this amazing project, please view this WQAD video feature and this KWQC video feature.
As part of the German language curriculum, 26 students from Central and 16 students from West had the opportunity to go to Chicago to visit educational and cultural attractions at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students saw the exhibits on German history, the Swiss Jolly Ball, the “Christmas around the World” and “Holidays of Light” displays (featuring holiday trees from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland), the Stuka Dive Bomber, and the German U-boat exhibit. After visiting the museum, students headed to the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago, where they shopped for German goods and interacted with vendors who come from German-speaking lands.
North High alumnus and local artist Austin Robertson is in the news for illustrating a children’s book called Pete’s Grand Plan, recently published with QC United and Pete the Purple Bull. The book, written by AEA School Social Worker Kim Riley Quinn, is a powerful yet fun story with an anti-bullying statement. Austin won multiple awards as a student at North, and in 2015, he was selected as the first Art All-State member in North High history. Congratulations, Austin!
Davenport Army JROTC cadets had the unique experience of enjoying a catered lunch at the Arsenal Club and touring the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, the Kingsbury Manufacturing Complex, Lock and Dam No. 15, and the island’s foundry. Afterwards, students paid their respects at the Arsenal National Cemetery, where they also received a history and information briefing. Thank you to representatives of the Arsenal for making cadets feel welcome and for sharing your knowledge.