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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.
Congratulations to the Central High Marching Blue Devils, who were recently crowned 4A Champions at Clinton’s Music on the Mississippi competition in Clinton, Iowa. The Marching Blue Devils had the highest score in every single category.
Congratulations to the Davenport North Wildcat Marching Band for earning a Division I rating at the IHSMA State Marching Festival on Oct. 13th. This year the band performed a crowd pleasing show featuring the music of Bruno Mars, which included the songs “Uptown Funk,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “That’s What I Like,” and “24K Magic.”
Congratulations to the West High Falcon Marching Band, who scored very well in the IHSMA State Marching Festival. Their superb performance earned them a Division I Superior Rating from ALL 5 Judges! Students received the highest score in the Marching and Maneuvering General Effect category that the band has ever seen, scoring 93 out of 100 in achievement.
Central High Senior Nia Walker has been named one of three grand prize winners of the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award! Nia’s project focused on improving the number of minority students taking Advanced Placement or “AP” courses at Central, promoting academic commitment in the Blue Devil community. Nia was initially named one of 15 finalists throughout Iowa, earning a $1500 monetary award. On October 13th, the judges named Nia one of three grand prize students, and presented her with an additional $5000 scholarship. Congratulations, Nia!
On Thursday, October 4th, Central High’s eSports team gathered for the first event in their competition series. eSports is a growing trend across the nation, engaging youth in team building activities, technology skill development, and leadership roles through a common interest in video gaming. At Central, the “Blue Devilz” eSports team operates as an extracurricular activity with 120 students competing. Students are assigned roles, learning broadcasting and other communication skills as well as the gaming technology. At Central’s first event of the season, gamers competed for the title of best Smash Brothers player and captain of the competitive team. Congratulations to Carter LaGrange on his victory!