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Wildcat senior Alisha Jones defended her state 400m title at the Iowa State Track Meet on Thursday, May 16th. Her time of 55.90 outpaced the field by .65 seconds, and was only .24 seconds off the school record. This marks the first time since 2002 that a runner has been a repeat champion in this event. Congratulations, Alisha!
We recently did a feature on West High School’s Maddie Walker, recipient the 2013 YMCA Social Responsibility Award, for her leadership in starting the Sea Turtles, an aquatic program for special needs youth. To learn more about Maddie and this outstanding program, please watch this wonderful video:
Garfield Elementary’s counseling program was honored recently with a Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) designation from the American School Counselor Association. The certification is awarded to schools committed to delivering a comprehensive, data-driven school counseling program. The competitive application process reviewed the school’s approach to Student Standards, Core Curriculum, Small-Group Responsive Services, Closing-the-Gap in Achievement and Evaluation Reflection, among other measures. Many thanks to Counselor Candy Reed for driving the effort and serving Garfield Elementary students and families!
On Wednesday, May 15th the leaders, faculty and families of West High School celebrated the tremendous success of their students. The ceremony featured honors for academic achievement and recent scholarship announcements, including the following award winners! Tracy Vo received a very distinguished award, a Gates Millennium Scholarship award, which will pay for her entire undergraduate degree. Each year only 1,000 Gates scholars are selected nationwide, and Tracy was the ONLY recipient in the entire state of Iowa this year.
Other awards included: Greg Arp Memorial Scholarship awards to Sydney Buckles, Kristopher Burney, Tyler Lightner, Laren Skulte, Brittany Pernell and Ashley VanWinkle. The Jack Hudson Testimonial Scholarship went to to Freya Greene for her outstanding performance in science classes. Davenport Schools Foundation awards included the Johnson School Scholarship to Sydney Buckles and Rachel Wince; the Brad Peck Memorial Scholarship to Kristopher Burnery; the Pohling and Davenport Schools Future Educator Scholarship to Shelby Tracy; the Class of ’59 and Johnson School scholarships to Clara Loter; and the DSF Scholarship to Jamesia Johnson.
On Thursday, May 16 district leaders and employees celebrated their colleagues reaching 10 and 20 year anniversaries serving the youth and families of the Davenport Community Schools! The event was hosted at the beautiful River Music Experience in the heart of downtown Davenport and brought together colleagues, family and friends to celebrate over 100 honorees and their remarkable milestones. The event culminated with remarks and thanks from Superintendent Art Tate and school board member, Bill Sherwood.
Central students enjoyed an exciting visit to New York City this week. The trip included an extraordinary opportunity to have a personalized performance workshop with the cast of “Wicked” and Broadway star Tim Shew. Other stops on the city included the “Today Show,” NBC studios, Museum of National History, and other sightseeing favorites. The trip culminated in a night on Broadway, including attending a performance of the musical extravaganza Spider-Man!
Sheri Womack, Principal at Kimberly Center High School, recently received the Newcomer of the Year award from the Iowa Association for Alternative Education. This award is given to the educator who has made significant achievement to advancing the cause of alternative schools and has been in alternative education for less than 3 years. Congratulations, Sheri!
Daphne Cornish, a Central High School senior, is one of three recipients of the Quad Cities Better Business Bureau’s Student of Integrity awards for 2013. Cornish stood out from a field of 29 nominees due, in part, to her commitment and passion for environmental activism when she acted on that passion to enlist the support of her classmates to participate in a nationwide competition called the “Recycle Bowl.” The competition resulted in more than 20,000 pounds of recyclable items being collected. This is only one of many projects where Cornish has invested her time and talents to have a positive impact on her school and her community. The award includes a $2,500 scholarship to the college or university of her choice.