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On April 24, “The Avengers” – a scholastic team from Wood Intermediate consisting of Jacob Wells, Collin Glazek, Kaitlyn Collins and Marissa Robertson – took first place in the Rivermont Academic Invitational held in Bettendorf, Iowa. The invitational is a competition developed for students from all around the Quad-Cities area, and features competitive events in engineering, math, science, geography, global awareness, literature, and current events. Most activities were hands-on experiences for the student participants, and 43 teams competed. Way to go Vikings!!!
Approximately 50 people including CHS students, their parents, and staff members turned out Saturday morning (April 20, 2013) to help landscape the Main Street entry to the building. The project came about as part of the Iowa Safe & Supportive Schools work being done by students at Central. One of the areas that came to light in the surveys conducted by CHS students stated the students and staff felt the physical appearance of the school needed additional care to reflect school pride and provide the type of physical environment the students value. The landscaping project is one of the direct results of student work.
Community collaboration has been a highlight of this student-driven project. Professionals from Aunt Rhodie’s in the Village of East Davenport donated the landscape design, helped to prepare the soil for planting, and were on hand hand to supervise the actual planting.
Daphne Cornish, an 18-year-old senior at Central High School and the daughter of Mark and Julie Cornish of Davenport, has been selected to receive the prestigious Dr. Thomas A. Dooley Award Scholarship for 2013. The scholarship has been awarded each year since 1965 to a Davenport high school student whose academic rank is in the upper 10% of their class, has shown a continued interest in the field of medicine and plans to become a doctor. Ms. Cornish plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis to pursue a major in biology with a minor in environmental science. Her goal is to become a medical doctor and work in South American countries through Doctors Without Borders.
The Central High School Battle of the Books team of Daphne Cornish, Susan Dircks, Emily Roebuck, Sarah Schwind, Sarah Sitz, and KC Voss cruised through the state competition and took First Place in the State Battle. To prepare for the competition, they read an additional 32 books this year, and then proved their knowledge and understanding in the oral rounds at the state tournament at Marshalltown High School.
Congratulations 2013 IHSBOB State Champions!
West High School’s Project Lead the Way team, “the Combustible Lemons,” are once again among only 128 teams nationwide advancing to the First Tech Challenge World Championship this weekend April 24-27, 2013 in Saint Louis, Mo. Here are the Combustible Lemons from last year’s World Championship under the Saint Louis arch. Go Lemons… all of Davenport is rooting for you!
On Tuesday, April 16, students from Davenport high schools participated in Government Day. Government Day is an annual event which involves the local high schools and the community. The event is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center and the Davenport Community Schools. At the event students get to see our local government in action, hearing from city and county officials such as the Mayor, Recorder, Treasurer, and Juvenile Court Services. The day includes tours of government facilities including City Hall, the police department, and county jail. Students, including these students from West High School, learned about careers in government, as well as the impact of these important civic functions in a community.
The Kimberly Center Student Services class recently sponsored a Blood Drive for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. 23 units of blood were collected, surpassing the class’ goal. This amount could impact up to 70 lives! Student Services also assisted the Davenport Community Schools in assembling 1,427 informational packets for the April 18th Kindergarten Round Up event. Each of our incoming kindergarten students and families received the packet as part of their welcome to the Davenport Community Schools family.
North High School student Jacob Warner recently performed with the Quad City Youth Symphony Orchestra as the winner of the orchestra’s concerto competition. The concert took place at Augustana College’s Centennial Hall, and Jacob performed a movement of the Shostakovich Cello Concerto.