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At the Iowa Restaurant Association’s Hospitality Convention & Expo in Des Moines, Davenport’s ProStart culinary arts students worked with food and beverage operators and suppliers as they learned about some of the different facets of the food and beverage industry. Students also had the opportunity to learn first-hand about some of the newest innovations and practices in the business. A special thank you to Chef Matt Meadows from Isle of Capri for instructing students in sugar work.
ProStart students also had the opportunity to showcase their talents in Des Moines, helping chefs serve at the Iowa Restaurant Tasting Gala. This opportunity allowed students to network with industry professionals, and at this challenge, chefs competed with tofu and bottom round.
From Cover to Cover, a non-profit organization that strives to raise literacy among elementary students, has been an outstanding community partner to Madison Elementary for several years. Previously, the organization has given students books during all school events, and held literacy events and birthday clubs. This year, they gave each kindergarten student a book and blanket. This incentive is to help Madison’s kindergarten students get comfortable with reading and grow throughout the school year. Thanks to Kristina Kitchen and From Cover to Cover for being such an amazing asset to Madison students!
On Saturday, October 13th, Central High’s robotics teams hosted and competed in their first meet of the year. Fifteen teams from the area competed in Central’s Performing Arts Center, and “The Outlaws” came in fourth place and the “Central Processing Units” came in fifth. Great job to both teams as they continue becoming stronger after each event.
Jackson Elementary students and their art teacher Stacey Houk completed a mosaic mural that was recently hung at West High School. The mosaic (left image) is an amazing replica of an original artwork (right image) created by former West art teacher Don Heggen. The mural will soon be framed in copper, and the formal dedication will take place in the spring.
This fall, the Davenport North and West drumlines partnered with Vera French to help raise awareness and funds for mental health programs in our community. The two groups raised over $700 to be donated towards programs in the Quad Cities. On Oct. 10th, both drumlines did a joint performance for World Mental Health Day.
Congratulations to the Blue Illusion dance teams, who competed at the Iowa Spirit Spectacular in Iowa City. The Blue Illusions had a very successful day of competition, with the following accomplishments:
Junior High Dancers brought home first place in Junior High Pom
Junior Varsity came home with 5th in Junior Varsity Pom
Varsity took first in Prop, 3rd in Medium Varsity Pom, and 3rd in Medium Varsity Jazz
Freshman Lily Taylor took 9th in Freshman Solos
Sophomore Andrew Park came in 6th in Sophomore Solos
The West High Boys’ Basketball Team and West’s Senators have been busy working on the Student Hunger Drive. Every Friday and Saturday during the month of October, you can find them at the West Locust Hy-Vee accepting donations for those in need. As part of West’s Hunger Drive, principal Cory Williams challenged the school to raise $1500 in a week for the cause, volunteering to be duct-taped to the wall if the students met the goal. Judging by the photograph on the right, it’s safe to say West met her challenge!
Davenport North Drama held three successful and hilarious performances of the classic farce, Noises Off, over the weekend. Special guest and North teacher/director-emeritus, Paul Holzworth (for whom North’s Paul J. Holzworth Performing Arts Center is named) joined the cast on Sunday afternoon for the performance and a photo opportunity.