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Davenport art students took the lion’s share of the awards at this year’s Festival of Trees High School Art Exhibit, judged by staff from St. Ambrose University. Only 17 awards were given to exhibitors, who represent high schools throughout the greater Quad City metro region, and 8 went to students of Davenport Community Schools! This is a huge accomplishment indicative of the strong visual arts program here in Davenport. If you haven’t seen the show yet, it’s on display through November 25th at the Festival of Trees, located in the RiverCenter at 136 E. 3rd Street, Davenport. Congratulations to the following winners!
Best of Show: Karlenia Hildebrant, Davenport North
1st Place Photography/Graphic Design: Tony Nguyen, Davenport West
3rd Place Photography/Graphic Design: Isis Thiessen, Davenport Central
Honorable Mention Place Photography/Graphic Design: Nicholas Nguyen, Davenport North
2nd Place Drawing: Lily Chen, Davenport Central
Honorable Mention Drawing: Florencia Guzman, Davenport North
3rd Place Painting: Anna Sturmer, Davenport North
3rd Place 3-Dimensional: Brynn Wiess, Davenport Central
Congratulations to Central alumnus Austin Howard, who recently signed a contract in the National Football League with the Washington Redskins. After graduating from Central in 2005, Austin attended the University of Northern Iowa, where he played the positions of tight end and offensive tackle for the Panthers. He has since played for the Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, and Indianapolis Colts. Good luck to Austin as he continues his career.
Davenport robotics students were recently featured in the Sunday edition of the Quad City Times, for the unique Christmas trees they are displaying at this year’s Festival of Trees. West High’s FTC Robotics Team #10547, “The Mortal Combots,” and Mid-City High School sophomore Cristina Lopez, who is a member of the “Q-C Elite Flaming Squirrels” team, are highlighted in the article. Read the story and see all the photos here!
After discussion with the the National Weather Service, district administration has decided that our high school marching bands will not participate in the Saturday, November 17 Festival of Trees Parade due to the forecast for inclement weather. The National Weather Service at Mt. Joy has just informed us that they have forecast a temperature at the 9 a.m. staging time of 33 degrees which combined with the 10 mph winds results in a temperature of 25 degrees. There is also a 40% chance of light snow from 9-11 a.m. The district’s marching band policy states that “Marching performances should not take place if the temperature is below 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind chill factors must also be considered. Also performances in rain, sleet, and snow will not take place.”
The Festival of Trees Parade is still taking place.
At the recent Moline Invitational Scholastic Bowl Tournament, the Central High freshman/sophomore team placed 6th out of over 40 teams. Team members are Kyle Balk, Brandon Bloomer, Molly Dye, LaDella Gallagher, and Hunter Kimura. Congratulations on a hard fought day of academic competition!
On November 11th, twenty-one band students from North and West High Schools participated in the inaugural concert for the Quad City Area Youth Wind Symphony, at North High. This concert band is an auditioned ensemble comprised of students from six different Quad City area schools. After only five rehearsals, students were able to perform an impressive concert with collegiate level music. The band will perform two more concerts this school year, on February 10th and May 19th.
Congratulations to all our high school students for their accomplishments at the Iowa Thespian Festival at the University of Northern Iowa! West High Troupe #2027 students Lily Hancock and Xavier Thomas took 2nd place in the duo scene individual event, performing a section of Romeo and Juliet on the studio stage as a showcase event. Robbie Greve took part in the All Stage Cabaret performance, participating in workshops to learn more about the art of theatre, seeing shows on the main stage, and networking with theatre students from across the state. Central High School’s Troupe #2951 celebrated their international qualifiers Peyton Reese, Lucas Thompson, Sam Fahrenkrug, CJ Parker, and Lily Chen. Showcase selections who performed at the festival included CJ Parker (Monologue), Peyton Reese and Lucas Thompson (Duet Musical), and Sam Fahrenkrug (Solo Musical).
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!