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Central High freshman Mickey Sloat had a successful night at the regional National History Day Competition. She was the top scorer in the individual performance category; thus, she will be competing in Des Moines at the State competition in April! She also won the Science Award for the best overall project depicting a scientific topic. Her individual performance portrayed the Henrietta Lacks story, a story about a black woman whose cancer cells were harvested without her consent. These cells then proved to be immortal and unique to science and are now used in research around the world in a billion dollar industry. Her project addressed the rights and responsibilities that patients and doctors share in the research and use of a patient’s genetic material.
Congratulations to the North High Chamber Singers and members of the Northside Establishment Show Choir for their outstanding performances in “Girl Scouts: A Night on Broadway with your Quad City Media and Friends.” This event for the Girls Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois incorporated local QC media and talented friends into a show and dinner. North’s talented students put on a great show and represented the district very well. Way to go, students!
The Davenport Community Schools Marine Corps JROTC competed at the University of Nebraska Drill Meet on Saturday March 1st, earning 1st place in Armed Duet, 3rd place in Armed Individual Drill Routine, and 3rd in Armed Exhibition Drill. Way to go cadets!
Congratulations to Central High’s show choirs for their outstanding performances at Southeast Polk. “Blue Vibrations” finished second in the prep category, placing in front of some of the competing varsity groups and making finals where they earned fifth runner-up. “Central Singers, Incorporated” finished second in class 4A during the day. The finals round was one of CSI’s best shows of the year, where they earned first runner-up and received best choreography for the third time this season. Special congratulations to Nick Fahrenkrug for winning best male soloist. Next up for Central Singers is the FAME competition in Orlando, FL during spring break. Good luck, students!
Fillmore Elementary and North High recently collaborated on a wonderful art project. Fillmore art teacher Annette Eechaute-Lopez had her 2nd grade students draw monsters, and then send them to North’s 3rd block Sculpture class, taught by Michele O’Brien. Ms. O’Brien’s students then created the monsters from paper mâché for the elementary students. On Thursday, February 27th, Mrs. Eechaute-Lopez brought her students to North, where they were presented with their sculptures. The 2nd graders loved their works and made thank you cards to give to the high school students. This collaborative effort was a great learning experience to all involved!
The Davenport Community Schools were one of 39 school districts in the state of Iowa selected by the Commission on Teacher Leadership and Compensation to receive funds to launch a teacher leadership system beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. 146 districts in Iowa had applied. The district will receive approximately $5 million per year which will add strong support to initiatives already underway with the ultimate goal of increasing student achievement. For additional information, check on the Quad City Times story at Davenport Schools Approved for Teacher Leadership Program .
Congratulations to West High’s show choirs for great performances at their final competition at Western Dubuque High School. “This Just In!” placed first in the Prep Division for the second time at an event this year! They have been growing and gaining confidence all year and we’re very proud of them. “West Connection” placed 3rd in the 4A category during the day and qualified for the nighttime finals. At the end of finals, they were named 3rd Runner Up. Way to go Falcons!
Central High’s Kellen Myers won first place in the Junior Composer’s Contest sponsored by the Iowa Federation of Music Clubs. For the contest, Kellen composed an emotional piano solo entitled “Turning Points.” Kellen was awarded a scholarship which will allow him to pursue his musical interests. Congratulations Kellen!