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On October 24th, Central High School’s Advanced Placement art students participated in the Saint Ambrose University Printmaking and Book Arts Fair. SAU Art Professor Joseph Lappie organized the event, which included demonstrations on screen printing, bookbinding, and letterpress, as well as an exhibit of artist’s books, and the printing of large linocuts and woodcuts. Prior to the event, CHS students created a 36” x 36” linocut that featured their self-portraits, and at the event they learned how print their work of art. However, the printing of these works of art wasn’t your typical run through the press… these linocuts and woodcuts were printed by running over them with a steamroller! This was truly a fun and unique experience for everyone involved.
The West High School Speech & Debate team participated in the William A. Brindley Invitational Speech & Debate Tournament on October 5-6, 2012 at the University of Northern Iowa. The competition attracts the best teams in the state. The following team members won awards for Best Speaker in a field of 56 competitors: Greg Windeknecht-1st, Noah Kirschbaum-2nd, Haley Burney-3rd, Maddy Saskowski-4th, Olivia Grubbs-8th. Kyle Warren competed in the finals in Extemporaneous Speaking. Debate teams of Maddy Saskowski and Olivia Grubbs competed in the quarterfinal round (top 8 teams), while Greg Windeknecht and Noah Kirschbaum completed in the semifinal round, comprised of the top four teams. Coaches for the team are Maggie Rietz and Steve Grubbs. Congratulations WHS Speech & Debate Team!
Williams Intermediate students signed a pledge to be drug free outside the school cafeteria on October 23, 2012. The event was organized by DFYIT (Defy It), a group of approximately two dozen students who meet prior to the school day with a representative from the Center for Alcohol & Drug Services who provides information about the risks involved in drug use and facilitates conversations with the students. All students and staff who signed the large pledge poster received a red ribbon showing their commitment to be drug free. The poster will be on display at Williams.
Jason Frank, a professional charcoal artist, presented to Ms. Sayles advanced art class on October 25, 2012, at Central High School. The classroom visit was supported by Great Minds.
Spencer Barton is a freshman at North High School and a former Harrison Elementary student who has been diagnosed with Acute Musculoskeletal Pain (AMP). He can no longer walk and must use a wheelchair. Spencer will be traveling to Philadelphia for treatment that will require him and his family to live in that city for an extended time and insurance will not cover their housing costs. Harrison Elementary students and North High School cross country runners “Walked for Spencer” on Thursday, October 25 in the hallways of Harrison School due to rain. They were joined by Spencer who navigated the course in his wheelchair. As a result of the walk, students raised $620 for Spencer and his family.
Twenty-five Central High School TAG students along with their teacher, Gail Heninger, attended “Race Matters,” a series of workshops in diversity training, activism for racial justice, and bystander intervention training. The conference was held October 25, 2012 in the SAU Rogalski Center. The students participated in workshops and small group discussions with professors and community leaders. The conference was part of a year-long project series on racial justice sponsored by St. Ambrose.
Six North High School students were chosen for the St. Ambrose University Honor Band which performed a joint concert with the St. Ambrose University Symphonic Band on Saturday, October 27, 2012. The students honored were among 63 students from 13 high schools in Iowa and Illinois. Congratulations to North High School and students Jamie Childe, Halie Dodd, Alicia Luebbe, Allison Porter, Sydney Porter, and Aryana Sarvestaney!
Elise Castro, a Central High School junior and member of the show choir, was asked to sing the national anthem for President Barack Obama’s visit to the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds mid-morning Wednesday, October 24, 2012. Elise was well prepared for the crowds, having sung in front of audiences numbering 300-400 people at show choir performances and other events. She admitted to having “a little bit of nerves” when asked about her opportunity to sing the national anthem to open a visit by a sitting president. Davenport 8th Ward Alderman, Army veteran, and leader of the ROTC program at Central High School, Mike Matson, led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance.