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World No Tobacco Day is an annual opportunity to raise awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure. The focus is on discouraging the use of tobacco and smoking devices by young people and to encourage current tobacco users to quit this habit. Central High students signed a pledge to be tobacco-free. Students participating included Stephanie McGowan, DeAngelo Howard, Aniyah Gatewood, Dwayne Laws, and Trevion Cooke.
Students from Greg Smith’s INSPIRE Capstone class at West High designed, machined, primed, and painted the word FAST for the Annual Heart Walk-Quad Cities which was held in mid-May. FAST is an acronym for recognizing the signs of a stroke:
Time to call 911
The plywood for the sign was donated by Seiffert Lumber, and Sherwin-Williams donated the paint for this community project.
Peyton Reese, Central High senior, was named one of two Triple Threat Award winners at the 2019 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase held in Des Moines. As a Triple Threat Award recipient, Peyton will represent Iowa at the National High School Musical Theatre Awards in New York City, June 17-24, 2019. She will join students from across the country for nine days of intensive private coaching, master classes, and rehearsals with Broadway professionals. Her experience will culminate with her final performance on the stage of the Minskoff Theatre, the home of the Lion King on Broadway. Congratulations, Peyton!
The Environmental Science Club at North High hosted a watershed expo around the rain gardens for Mrs. Bequeaith’s third-grade students from Harrison Elementary. Third-grade students learned how to upcycle by converting old North High t-shirts into shopping bags, how to conserve water at home, and what constitutes an invasive species.
Several Central High swimmers with a cumulative GPA greater than 3.75 for their entire high school career received All American Awards. No other team in Iowa can boast as many All American Award recipients as Central’s ladies swim team. Congratulations to Allison Fellner, Jessica Elliott, Madison Ferch, Ellen Murphy, Megan Fellner, Stephon Martin, and Natalie Thede.
On Saturday, May 25th, ten Quad City area high school art student teams competed on a live draw off. Students designed and drew on an 8 x 8-foot square made up of two 4 x 8-foot masonite panels. They competed for awards to fund and improve education in the participants’ art departments. They started at 9:30 on Saturday morning and drew until 4:00 p.m. at the EICC (Eastern Iowa Community College) Downtown Campus. The drawings from this competition that will be on display at MidCoast’s Gallery West, 1629 2nd Ave, Rock Island, from June 5th through July 20th. All participating schools receive a cash award for their art department. The public is invited to an awards reception on Friday, June 14th, at Gallery West at 7:30 p.m.
West High’s Pastel Team (upper left): Mylagro Duran, Alexa Christensen, Connor Russell, Alexis Beamer, and Skylar Hintze.
Tuesday, June 4th marked the Open House for the Davenport Community Schools ProStart Culinary Arts program’s new 1,750 sq. ft. commercial kitchen. ProStart students prepared appetizers that were enjoyed by community partners, students, and administrators. Until now, ProStart students have worked out of a high school home economics classroom. Now our high school students will train is a kitchen that will prepare them to work in a restaurant kitchen. The new kitchen is located on the first floor of the J.B. Young Opportunity Center, 1702 N. Main Street.
The renovation project took approximately 7 months to complete and the $750,000 cost was paid out of SAVE funds (State-wide penny sales tax). Some of the new equipment includes a 50 lb. gas fryer, griddle/charbroiler, commercial range/oven, salamander broiler, combi oven, commercial microwave, 20 and 30-quart mixers, and a walk-in cooler.
ProStart students are juniors and/or seniors in high school who are interested in pursuing a career in the culinary arts.
On Thursday, May 23th, Mr. Zinn and his West High Intro to Electronics students visited Hamilton Tech in Davenport and the Electrical Union Testing Center in Moline. Students were able to practice wiring and hear about what it’s like to work in the field.
In addition, Mr. Baldry took Mr. Achs’ West High fourth-block Government class to the Davenport Police Station and City Hall (pictured) where they spent an hour with Mayor Klipsch and took a tour with Officer Berger.