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The West High Medieval Group brought the middle ages to life for sixth-grade students at Walcott Intermediate. Allysa Dawson taught Medieval Clothing, Masei Geigle taught Medieval Music, Tim O’Leary taught Medieval Literature, William Heirig taught Medieval Arms & Armor, and Kennedy Sullivan taught Medieval Crime & Punishment. The group also presented a medieval mummer’s play based on the French saga The Song of Roland.
Central High’s Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students swept awards in several categories at the 20th Annual Career Development Conference in Ankeny. The event focuses on several iJAG Core Competencies and is meant to increase students’ confidence in future endeavors in business and industry.
Awards included Tauan Thomas, second place in Public Speaking; Mackenzie Brown, first place in Critical Thinking; and Bri Woods, second place in Creative Arts & Expression.
Central High’s 9th/10th-grade iJAG & Legacy Leaders joined the students from Wood Intermediate’s 100 Black Men group on a college tour of the University of Iowa. Students heard presentations on the admission process, college life, and preparing for their futures.
Great job, Blue Devils!
C.J. Parker, Central High School senior, has received the John Philip Sousa Award. The Sousa Award recognizes the achievements a musician experiences while in a high school band, recognizing superior talent and remarkable dedication. The announcement of his award was made at C.J.’s final Blue Devil band concert. Congratulations!
Students from the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) seventh-grade Integrated Arts class opened with a multi-media presentation for noted author and poet, Jason Reynolds’, visit on May 2nd at the Davenport Public Library. The elements of their presentation were inspired by Reynolds’ book, Ghost. Our CAA students used four components for their presentation: Puppets/Dialogue, Game Show, Movie Trailer & Marketing, and Song & Dance. A key question the students were challenged to answer was how they could use the arts as a vessel to foster community courage, friendship, teamwork, and belonging. We’re proud of their creative work!
Congratulations to the Central High students who were awarded Quad Cities Foundation scholarships: Brandon Leon, CHS Scholarship for Teacher Education; Nina Lanciloti and Abigail White, Don E. & Charlotte Williams Scholarship; Jessica Elliott, Jane & Clem Wagner Scholarship; Nia Walker, Donna Jean Arzberger Memorial Scholarship; Nia Walker, Lois F. Bulechek Memorial Scholarship; and Nia Walker, the Morency Family Scholarship. Go Blue!
North High won the first Annual Recycle Bowl sponsored by the Davenport Community School District. North, Central, and West High competed to see which school could recycle the most during the month of April. The contest winners were treated to a special showing of the 2018 documentary, Paris to Pittsburgh, at the Paul Holzworth Auditorium. The documentary focused on the impassioned efforts of individuals who are battling the most severe threats of climate change in their own back yards.
Congratulations to Jocelyn Jackson, Central High alumna, who was elected the president of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). She is the sixth woman in NSBE’s history to hold the position, the first representative from Iowa State University, and the first elected from the Quad Cities. Ms. Jackson has accepted a full academic scholarship to complete her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan while leading the 20,000 members of the NSBE.
Congratulations to the following West High students who competed in the Youth Trap Meet on April 27th in Muscatine! Hunter Bell took second in Singles with a 47 out of 50, and Jeb Collins took first in Handicap with 43 out of 50. Go Falcons!