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Lilly Hamma, Williams Intermediate seventh grader and wrestler, won first place in the Girl’s Novice division and was awarded the Amateur Athletic Union [AAU] Winter National Champions belt at the AAU Winter Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska, on January 6th. This was the largest national tournament in the Midwest with approximately 1,200 wrestlers representing 15 states attending, including more than 80 girls in the newly added girls’ division. Congratulations, Lilly!
Central High Junior Jessica Elliot will represent the state of Iowa in The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in June in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was nominated as a participant in the program by Nobel Prize winner, Dr. John C. Mather, who was recognized in the fields of Physics and Science. Dr. Mather based his nomination on Jessica’s academic achievements as well as her leadership skills and passion for her studies, including in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). During the three-day conference, Jessica will join her peers and listen to Nobel Laureates of National Medal of Science recipients present new findings in cutting-edge scientific research as well as work with deans of several tech universities. Congratulations to Jessica on this incredible honor, and best wishes to her as she represents Iowa at this prestigious conference.
Mid City High held its mid-year graduation ceremony for 22 of their students in the new Central High School Performing Arts Center where the choir students performed two songs. A special part of the evening occurred when Mrs. Goddard presented Tra’Corey with the plants he’s been caring for the past two years. Mrs. Goddard, who has known Tra’Corey since he was in sixth grade, promised she would give him the plants on his graduation day. Congratulations to Tra’Corey and all of the Mid City mid-year graduates!
West High Inspire Capstone class students, Hannah Swigart, Jenna Gross, Ryan Campbell, Austin Richards, Clayton Nettleton, Dakota Tello Goossens, and Aaron Gilliland, created the Davenport West High School App to help parents, staff, and students more easily navigate the most used web pages on mobile, including the bell schedule, staff directory, sports, calendar, information, and campus portal. Android users may download the App here. Go here to see WQAD’s news story about the project.
Davenport students’ artwork is among the pieces by the 47 artists included in the mural at the MLK Interpretive Center in Davenport. The extraordinary 12-foot by 8-foot mural was designed and the panels fabricated by North High art teacher, Dave Schaeffer. Go here to read more. (Photo courtesy of the Quad-City Times.)
Some of the members of the Davenport Army JROTC marksmanship team practiced their skills with their new rifles. Before they could qualify to do that, however, each student took a gun safety course while also showing the self-discipline to study for and pass a written test with a 100% required score. As a result of their hard work and determination, the Davenport Army JROTC has some of the best shooters in the state.
Central High’s yearbook staff earned a first place award in the American Scholastic Press Association yearbook contest. The yearbook received a score of 910/1000. The judge wrote, “The very high quality of your yearbook is indicative of the intelligence and creativity of your students. This is one of the best publications I’ve seen so far this year.”
Five Davenport teachers have recently become National Board Certified Teachers. In order to achieve this career milestone, they went above and beyond the state of Iowa’s licensure requirements and demonstrated their advanced knowledge and skills in their areas of certification, as well as completed rigorous computer-based assessments. Congratulations to Amanda Crecelius from North High, Joni Nelson from Central High, Reese (William) Saunders from Wilson Elementary, Ashley Sullivan from Washington Elementary, and Theresa Tappa from Monroe Elementary (pictured clockwise from top left). Davenport Community Schools currently has 25 National Board Certified Teachers, the most out of any Quad Cities school district.