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Congratulations to our students who were selected to the 2018 Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra! This orchestra is a collection of the best 7th-9th grade music students in the state. This year’s members include:
Central High’s Maitreyi Shrikhande, Lily Jewell, Jason Bordine, and Tobias Jones
Williams Intermediate’s Arwen Hansen and Owen Foley
Smart Intermediate’s Lucero Torres
West High’s Emma Peters
Wood Intermediate’s Landen Freeman, Vivian Bonde, and Ian Thomas
North High’s Kacie Simmonds and Sofia Magalhaes
These musicians will travel to Ames, Iowa to participate in the music festival this weekend. Good luck!
Sudlow Intermediate student Maddox Sullivan was named 7th grade State Champion at the Middle School Cross Country Championships in Ankeny, Iowa. Maddox runs for the Davenport Harriers middle school team, coached by Sudlow teacher Mr. Mitchell Hines. To see complete results from his age bracket, click here. Congratulations, Maddox!
On Saturday, November 3rd, West, North, Central, and Creative Arts Academy art teachers hosted the Midwest Art Workshop at West High. Student attendees received portfolio reviews by 12 different colleges and art galleries across the country, interacted via Google Hangouts with current college students in their studios across the country, and enjoyed plenty of hands-on activities, including a screen printing lesson where they printed their own workshop t-shirt. Professional artist John Bald was the featured presenter, and students got the chance to work with other professional artists in hands-on situations.
The West High robotics program and German language program travelled to Germany last summer, reprising the Kaiserslautern youth exchange. The exchange was celebrated in a documentary of their experience by the Goethe Institut, who selected West High to be featured in their “Award of Excellence” program which focuses on “robotics and innovation” this year. Check out the documentary and enter the student competition at http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/saf/prj/stg/ger/awa/enindex.htm. Davenport Community Schools also partners with Rock Island High School in an exchange program between Germany and the Quad Cities. The four students pictured here gave a presentation on the exchange to West High School teachers on Wednesday, October 31. The girls shared information on German students and what they value, how they spend their time, and how they feel about education. The two boys pictured shared information on the Mercedes auto industry.
Mid City High School student Cristina Lopez recently presented information about her robotics club, the Flaming Squirrels, to students at Mid City. Cristina participates in robotics competitions both locally and in other states. After the presentation, Cristina showed students and staff how to control the robot.
Walcott student Vaughn Roseman was recently named by The Iowa Professional Golfers’ Association as the 2018 Iowa PGA Boys 11 & Under Player of the Year! During the 2018 season, Vaughn played in 18 events, resulting in 9,092 total points to win the title. Vaughn had six wins in 2018 and eight second place finishes. He was victorious at the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series #1, the Iowa PGA Junior Spring Series #2, the Junior Tour Kickoff, the Junior Tour Corridor Classic, the Quad Cities Junior at Glynn’s Creek, and the Iowa PGA Waterloo Junior Classic. Congratulations, Vaughn!
West High’s student teams in the Iowa Quad Cities Junior Achievement Titan Competition won 2nd and 8th place at the event, held at Saint Ambrose University. JA Titan® allows high school students to apply their business knowledge by competing online in a fictional industry. While simulating business quarters, competing students made decisions on price, production, marketing, capital investments, and research & design. Pictured is West’s Team 1, from left to right: Mike Goben, Vice President, US Bank (Team Mentor) and West students Alex Russell, Brady McIntyre, Peyton Flynn, and Adam Parcel.
On Friday, November 2nd, North High’s Cultural Diversity Club traveled to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago to view the Dia de los Muertos exhibit, where students learned a more in-depth history of the celebration. The exhibit showcased unique and personalized pieces that local Hispanic artists dedicated to their loved ones who have passed. A mural “La Lucha Sigue” was one particular ofrenda (altar) that really captured the students’ attention; it was created by the surviving parents of a student whose life was cut short due to the school shooting at Majory Stoneman. The trip was a great opportunity for students to experience a deeper connection and understanding of the Hispanic culture.