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North High French classes participated in a Pétanque game on May 18th. Pétanque is a form of boules, which dates to the Middle Ages in Rome, where the goal is to toss or roll hollow steel balls as close as possible to a small wooden ball called a cochonnet while standing inside a circle with both feet on the ground. It is similar to games like bocce and curling. On May 17th, Ms. Wallace’s North High Spanish IV class walked to the Azteca restaurant on Brady Street to enjoy Mexican food while practicing their Spanish outside of the classroom.
Congratulations to Central High rowers, Lauren Pearson, Sam Saveraid, and Callum Swanson. They are in the Quad Cities Rowing Club, which won a record ten gold medals this weekend at the Midwest Youth Championships. Lauren placed first in the novice double and second in the novice quad, Sam placed first in the second varsity double and first in the boys varsity quad, and Callum placed second in the boys novice quad and third in the boys novice double.
Congratulations to all the athletes who participated in the state track and field meet. Central High’s Lea Grady was crowned State Champion in Discus Throw! Lea’s throw ranks as the 14th-best in Iowa history and among the top-20 in the nation this year. Read more here in a Quad-City Times article. Other top 10 finishers at State were:
Central’s Lea Grady placed 5th in Shot Put.
Central’s Cindy Gabriel-Flores placed 6th in Shot Put.
North’s Keenan Hollingshed placed 7th in High Jump.
West’s DJ Mosely placed 4th place in Long Jump.
West’s team of Tyler Williams, DJ Mosley, Brady Richlen, and Anthony King placed 6th in the 4×110 Meter Shuttle Hurdles.
Central’s team of Chris Murphy, Stephon Martin, Iain Gronewold, and Will Reemtsma placed 10th in the 800 Sprint Medley Relay.
The North High team of Zach Jones, Chris Molis, Nick Cato, Greigh Pa, Marcia Dameron, Ryan Morgan, and Corey Hockett (top photo) participated in the Quad City Engineering and Science Council’s 2018 Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta Race at Bettendorf’s Middle Park lagoon. After being inspected and judged on their cardboard boat, the team put the vessel to test in the water. Chris and Zach successfully maneuvered it around the lagoon’s island without sinking in 8:57 minutes. The Central High team of Jeff Buck, Nick Vazquez, Sarah Van Liere, Brandon Howell, and Logan Van Itallie (bottom photo) also participated and received The Most Innovative Design Award and visited Grace Engineering for a tour of their design floor after the competition.
On May 11th, three Davenport Schools Instrumental Music Directors were honored at the Iowa Bandmasters Association for their years of service and announcement of retirement. Collectively, these three educators have over 90 years committed to Davenport Schools: Mark Kretschmer, West High, 38 years; Nora Reiter, Wood Intermediate, 22 years; and Jim McCartney, Wood and North High, 32 years (pictured from left to right).
Several students in Mr. Porter’s Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) class at Central High went to the Career Development Conference (CDC) in Ankeny, Iowa, where they attended several workshops in which they demonstrated their unique employability skills, professionalism, and understanding of the business world. Students were judged on their timeliness, performance in individual events, and their ability to exhibit a professional attitude. Central iJAG won second place for Iowa as the Most Professional School, Brandon Sanders won second place in Critical Thinking, Travis Schillig won second place in Employability Skills, and Mikayla Jones won third place in Creative Arts and Expression. Congratulations!
Five West High students will enter into the Early Talent Internship program with Deere & Co. this summer. Abby Ratermann, Pam Friede, and Eric Smith were selected for this program based on their involvement in FIRST Robotics and being leaders in the West INSPIRE Engineering career pathway. They will be participating in paid engineering internships this summer. Dakota Tello-Goossens and Ryne Schroeder were selected from the iJAG program by showing leadership skills in the classroom, in their interviews, and through their work ethics. Dakota will be at World Headquarters participating in an accounting internship. Ryne will be at Harvester Works in the marketing and communications department.
Congratulations to the 52 students who received Associate’s Degrees from Scott Community College on May 10th. The degrees were awarded to students in advance of their high school diplomas as part of North High’s Accelerated Associate’s Degree program. A partnership with Eastern Iowa Community Colleges, the program provides collegiate coursework across subject matter through the four years of the high school experience at no additional cost to families. Dual graduation participants will receive their high school diplomas at North High’s graduation on June 3rd.