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On March 7th, the Davenport Public Library hosted a Premiere Party for their annual Teen Video Contest. Mid City High junior Kyla Taylor created and entered a video in the contest, and won awards for Best Art Direction and Audience Favorite. Pictured is Kyla accepting her awards at the red carpet event held in the IMAX Theater at the Putnam Museum. Congratulations, Kyla!
Mayor Klipsch held the first of two youth job fairs on February 28th at the JB Young Opportunity Center. Teens from several local intermediate and high schools had the opportunity to meet with 23 employers who attended the event. The second youth job fair takes place on Thursday, April 4th, from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the large gym at North High School. These events are a great opportunity for those ages 14-24 to meet with employers for first jobs or summer jobs.
Central High’s League of Legends esports team, made up of Matt Ruhnke (captain), Brian Grunenberg, Mike Grunenberg, Zack Roemer, and MidCity senior Quinn Brooks, came in second place at the St. Ambrose High School Esports Invitational. The team went undefeated into the finals round, where they lost their first match by only a few points. Great job, gentlemen!
We know you’ve been wanting to see the Davenport Community Schools 2019-2020 Academic Calendar and it has been posted! You can also check graduation times for our June 2, 2019 graduation at the TaxSlayer Center. Thank you for your patience!
West High junior Turner Sperry has been selected to the 4A All-State Jazz Band! This is a huge honor as they only accept 5 trombones in 4A from the entire State of Iowa, and the entire 4A band consists of only 21 musicians. Turner works very hard, takes correction and advice, and is hungry to learn. He will be performing at the Iowa Bandmasters Conference in Des Moines in May. Congratulations, Turner!
Davenport Community Schools students showcased their projects at the recent National History Day competition at St. Ambrose University. All did an excellent job representing their school, and several students received commendations. Lindsay Knight and Grace Tollefson, 9th graders at North High, received 3 superior scores (the highest score possible) from the judges for their visual exhibit, WWII and Palestine: The Triumph that Lead to Tragedy. Sudlow Intermediate 7th grader Gavin Frank won the Scott County Soil and Water Conservation Award of Excellence for Best History of Conversation Project with his historical paper, Kenneth M. Quinn: An Agricultural Genius. Lily Heller and Cora Wynsma, both Sudlow 8th graders, won the Arthur and Rachel Serianz Award for Excellence in the History of Science with their project, Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. Congratulations, students!
Garfield Elementary recently hosted 20 men from the community to read to students for “Real Men Read.” The event provided the opportunity for students to hear from and learn from male role models in the community. Featured readers included Davenport’s Interim Superintendent TJ Schneckloth (pictured), Mayor Franck Klipsh, Alderman Kyle Gripp, St. Ambrose Head Football Coach Mike Magistrelli, as well as numerous other men representing the Police Department, Fire Department, River Bandits, and many other occupational fields. The men talked about their jobs, how they use reading in their everyday life, and answered questions from students. Each one then read a book which was presented to the classroom to keep.
Central High’s Red Team and Blue Team in Mock Trial both exemplified excellence and skill at the recent regional competition. At the event, the Red Team finished with one win and one loss, and the Blue Team went undefeated during the competition, qualifying for State! Congratulations to all participants, many of whom received Outstanding Witness and Attorney awards. Pictured are state-qualifying Blue Team members. From left to right, top row: Lucas Teasdale, Hailey Mandell, Zeke Wynsma, Rafe Sullivan, Jacob Hansen, and Laura Sitz; bottom row: Jenny Mahl, Nina Lanciloti, Jess Elliott, and Isabel Buchanan.