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West High School’s student newspaper, the Beak ‘n’ Eye, received the George H. Gallup Award -the highest honor given by Quill and Scroll Honor Society for High School Journalists-in its 2012-2013 News Media Evaluation. High school newspapers must score superior ratings in all five areas: coverage, writing, visuals, policy, and business practices to receive this award. In addition, the staff was commended for handling their switch to a newsmagazine format. The Gallup award honors student newspapers that have achieved and sustained excellence. Only 26 school newspapers/news magazines from 12 states received this prestigious award.
Morgan Ottier, KWQC-TV 6 reporter, visited Kimberly Finkeldei’s kindergarten classroom on Wednesday, October 30, 2013, to help out with part of that day’s classroom activities as part of her Tough Jobs series. We won’t spoil the fun before the segment airs at 10 p.m. on November 12, 2013, however we wanted to share a photo of Morgan reading a story aloud to the class.
Three Davenport Community Schools students have been selected to serve on the committee to select a consultant to update the 10-year-old RiverVision plan. The plan was a combined effort of Davenport, Rock Island, and other community partners to create a unified plan for the cities’ riverfronts. The bi-state plan was an important part of the 2007 U.S. Conference of Mayors Livabilit award. Austin Claussen of North High School, Luke Eure of Central High School, and Drew Harrison of West High School will join three community members in evaluating the proposals. Additional information is available in the October 31, 2013 Quad City Times story at http://tinyurl.com/ln6cbvs.
The Marching Blue Devils recently added to their very successful year by receiving a Division I at State Contest and placing 3rd at WIU. The Division I rating continues the streak of the group receiving this distinction at every State Marching Band Contest they have attended! At WIU, the group won best drum majors and finished 3rd, with only five tenths of a point separating 3rd from 1st. The final totals from the season have the Marching Blue Devils placing or making the finals in every contest they participated in, including one 1st place finish, two 2nd place finishes, one 3rd place finish, one best winds, one best percussion, three best drum majors, and a finals finish at a regional championship.
Williams Student Council hosted Spirit Week and raised over $700 and 30 boxes of food for the Student Hunger Drive in just one week! Williams’ students and staff participated in a week of fun events including a dance with a DJ and Karaoke, Sunglass Day, Hat Day, PJ Day and Switch Your Seat to Eat Day in the lunch room. Student Council also hosted a “Cutie Pie” Contest in which students and staff members donated cans of food in order to nominate staff members to get a “Cutie Pie” thrown in their face. Then three staff members from the nominated names were drawn. The lucky “Cutie Pie” winners were: Principal Egel, 6th grade teacher Mr. Moore, and 6th grade teacher Mr. Schellenberg. Student Council would like to thank the many students, staff members and families who helped to support this great community project.
SFC David Wirtz gave his daughter Jessie the best treat of the season when he paid a surprise visit to her fourth-grade class as “Spiderman” on Friday afternoon. Jessie wasn’t expecting her dad to come home from his most recent deployment to Afghanistan until next week. With some help from his wife, Kristy and Mrs. Newcomer’s fourth grade class at Jackson Elementary School, he managed to pull off a treat that his oldest daughter will always remember. Joining the celebration were Jessie’s classmates, her mother, and her little sister, McKinley. Welcome home SFC Wirtz! Thank you for your service. Please check our the Davenport Community Schools Facebook page for more photos http://tinyurl.com/nw69ght
Adams Elementary students and their families worked together to decorate pumpkins based on characters from their favorite books. The pumpkins could be decorated, but not carved. One special pumpkins recieved the grand prize of a purple ribbon and 21 pumpkins were selected as runner up. Mr. Ryder and Mr. Mutum served as judges.
The Wood Intermediate Mock Trial Team took 2nd place at the regional competition held on Saturday, October 19th. The team will participate in state competitions taking place November 18th-20th in Des Moines. Wood Intermediate is represented by Attorney Andrew Larson from the Law Office of Andrew M. Larson. Out of the 20 students participating from Wood, 10 earned judge’s awards of outstanding attorney or outstanding witness. Outstanding attorneys include Kaley Black, Nala Delgado, John King, Kelsey Harrell, Emma Saskowski and Kelly Thach. Outstanding Witnesses include Logan Anderson, Esmee Belzer, Nala Delgado, Lally Morales, Kyana Richards and Darren Robinson.