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Central Marching Band Wins Big at Weekend Competitions

Central Marching Blue Devils members Central High’s Marching Blue Devils competed in Ft. Madison and Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, September 16th, where they placed first in their class at both contests. In Fort Madison, they were awarded best percussion, best color guard, best drum majors, and best horn line. In Mt. Pleasant, they also won best percussion, best horn line, and best drum majors. They also came home with the Sweepstakes award by having the highest combined score from the two competitions.…

Central Student Invited to Lead at HOBY Leadership World Seminar

Donna Diggs campus photo Central High junior, Donna Diggs, recently attended the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) State Leadership Seminar at Drake University in Des Moines where she joined like-minded students dedicated to learning more about their leadership skills and talents and how to apply them as they become ethical leaders in their schools and communities. Based on the Social Change Model of Leadership, the seminar offered Donna the opportunity to develop skills in personal, group, and society leadership. Donna was nominated by her counselor to attend the seminar, and her performance as a role model earned her the opportunity to attend the HOBY Worlds…

West AP Students Earn Numerous Awards Including Scholar of Distinction

Madison Cousins campus photo Several West High students achieved high scores on their Advanced Placement (AP) exams. There were 12 AP Scholars who received scores of three or higher on three or more AP exams, and six AP Scholars with Honor who received an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and had scores of three or higher on four or more exams. Madison Cousins (pictured) received the AP Scholar with Distinction designation which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams and scores of three or higher on five or…

Hayes Morning Meeting Celebration Welcomes Honored Guests

West High Cheer Squad at Hayes Elementary Hayes Elementary held its first monthly Morning Meeting celebration of the year on August 30th, welcoming several honored guests, including four veterans who will soon participate in the Honor Flight program. Toni Reimers, fifth-grader, introduced each guest, highlighting their branch of service, combat tours, and awards/service medals earned. The West High Falcon Cheer Squad also revved up students with some of their favorite cheers.…

Central Yearbook Staff’s Designs Win at Workshop

Abby Lance and Tanner Lebs with certificates Ms. Ebener and two members of the Central High yearbook staff attended the Walsworth’s regional fall workshop on Thursday, September 7th. They attended breakout sessions and completed a cover design session with a professional graphic designer for the 2018 yearbook cover. Ms. Ebener taught sessions on basic design and staff motivation. Abby Lance and Tanner Lebs received first and third place in their session, respectively, for an on-the-spot design competition. Abby Lance also won first place overall at the workshop for her design.…

West INSPIRE Students Address Community and World Issues

Presenter talking about Kenya West High’s INSPIRE Capstone course is working to renovate the West Community Room with a clothing and food pantry, laundry services, and an educational space. Students also interviewed Joshua Ngao for potential problems they can solve in Kenya where clean water emerged an area of interest. Students will work in teams during the collaborative INSPIRE Capstone class to solve this problem.…

Garfield Kindergartners Explore with School Treasure Hunt

Garfield kindergarten treasure hunters Garfield Elementary kindergarten students were on a mission recently when they filled the hallways during a PTA-sponsored treasure hunt. Students wore pirate hats that they made and carried “pirate booty bags” while navigating the school building to discover locations such as the principal’s office, library, cafeteria, gymnasium, and more. They were rewarded with small treasures at each of the 11 stops. The activity helped kindergartners become familiar with the school building layout, as well as practice important skills such as line basics and following directions.…

Central Freshmen Welcomed at Freshman Fest

Students on basketball court at Central Freshman Fest The Central High class of 2021 celebrated Freshman Fest organized by the administration and Student Council on Thursday, September 7th. All freshmen were invited to get to know one other and have a good time during this Blue Devil tradition. The 100 students in attendance enjoyed several events, including basketball, volleyball, dancing, and socializing. Students were then taken to the football game at Brady Street Stadium to help cheer on the Blue Devils.…
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