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Congratulations to senior Anthony Howland for proudly representing Central High School at the Governor’s Bully Summit in Des Moines. Anthony was one of only six students selected from across Iowa, and a huge thank you also goes to all of the other students who attended to support Anthony and the cause of making Central a safe and supportive environment. To read a Quad City Times article on the subject, visit http://tinyurl.com/moonjz2.
The following North High School athletic teams earned academic achievement recognition from the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union and the Iowa High School Athletic Association for their outstanding Grade Point Averages. Congratulations, Wildcats!
Boys Golf – Excellence Achievement – Team GPA 3.11
Girls Cross Country – Distinguished Achievement – Team GPA 3.76
Girls Swimming – Distinguished Achievement – Team GPA 3.38
Volleyball – Distinguished Achievement – Team GPA 3.31
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Kimberly Center students are participating in Iowa Youth Congress again this year, learning the political process and impacting the legislative debate. Over the past 8 years students from the school have introduced and debated bills on the floor at the state capital. At the Regional Congress, students from the Kimberly Center passed a “Hands on the Wheel” bill through to the General Assembly that advanced the cause of hands-free-only cell phone use while driving. Cecilia Maresca was elected as one of three Co- Presidents for this year’s Iowa Youth Congress Regional Meeting in Cedar Rapids where it was decided that the students would continue their legislative advocacy. The students were recently featured at the district’s Student Showcase where Izzy Parker-Tatum presented on behalf of the group’s “Hands On the Wheel” bill.
The Central High Blue Illusion Dance Team had six team members compete in the annual Iowa State Dance Team Solo Competition November 2 in Newton, Iowa. 5 of the 6 Dancers, Seniors Jasmine Maddox and Dana Weinstein and Sophomores Justine Doyle, Dayna Tanner and Maddie Weyeneth, all earned division one ratings for their solo performances. Senior Amanda Merritt earned a division two rating for her performance. This is the highest the Blue Illusion Soloists have ever ranked and the most Division One ratings the team has ever brought home. Congratulations students!
The West High Falcon Drama crew recently performed the Wizard of Oz for 1200 elementary students from Hayes, Jackson, Wilson and Madison Elementary schools. These schools visited West’s Liddy Auditorium to see the musical, which included elementary-aged Munchkins!
Congratulations to Central High freshman Bella Zepeda on finishing 68th out of 113 runners at the state cross country in Fort Dodge, IA. She was the 15th fastest freshman in the state and represented the MAC conference by being the 4th fastest freshman in the conference. Great job Bella! Congratulations also go to Central High’s Mason Tope for his 17th place finish at the state cross-country meet on Saturday. Mason was the first athlete from the MAC to finish, and he ran his best time of his season. Congratulations on a great senior season, Mason!
Children’s Village West recently hosted visiting artist Michael Levine for a concert! Michael is the songwriter for “Pete the Cat,” and students had a great time reading books, listening to music, and dancing. This was a great educational experience for our Village Kids!
Students and staff from the North High publications department recently attended the Iowa High School Press Association (IHSPA) conference in Iowa City to learn about student press rights, changes in high school publications, and how to craft exceptional stories and network with other districts. Students attended a variety of informational sessions, and North’s own Mrs. Betty Christian (Yearbook Adviser) presented on how to reenergize publication staff with hands-on activities.