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Davenport Schools Foundation Awards $64,000 in Scholarships to Graduating Seniors

The Davenport Schools Foundation recently awarded $51,000 in scholarships to 36 graduating seniors from Central, North, West and Kimberly Center high schools. In addition, almost $13,000 was given to previous winners who won multi-year awards such as the Tate and Grady scholarships. DSF Scholarship Committee co-chairs Manny Fritz and Sherry Freese led a team of volunteers who reviewed hundreds of applications for the scholarships ranging in amount from $12,000 to $300. 2014 Davenport Schools Foundation scholarship winners are: Olivia Terronez of West High won the Kathryn Bell Tate Scholarship ($12,000 over four years). She also won a $750 Caryl Haring Memorial Scholarship. Olivia will attend the University of Northern Iowa in the fall. Jacob Behrendt of Central High won the Joan Kohlberg-Lowen Scholarship ($4,000). He also won a Jerry Jurgens Scholarship worth $1,650 and a Hall of Honor Keith Jurgens Scholarship worth $1,500.

Davenport Schools Compete in Art Works Expo 2014!

Three of Davenport Community Schools’ high schools participated in MidCoast Fine Arts’ Art Works Expo at the Bucktown Center for the Arts in downtown Davenport. The heart of the event is a pastel competition, a five and a half hour marathon session where high schools complete two 4′ x 8′ panels using only pastel pigment. The works will be on display at the Bucktown Center through June with an awards ceremony at a closing reception on Friday, June 27th. The event will include a People’s Choice Award, so please drop by Bucktown to view the murals and cast your vote!

Central High Track & Field Wrap-up from State

Congratulations to the girls track & field team for their excellent performances at the State meet. Athletes included 15 girls who competed in 11 events, recording 5 lifetime-bests and 10 season-bests. A few highlights include Tadaisha Thornton placing 7th in the 100 hurdles, Tanasha Atwater placing 11th in the shot put, Bella Solis landing 10th in the 400 hurdles, and the 800 medley relay team of Deena Gibbs, Dajanique Jackson, Raegan Menke, and Tadaisha Thornton finishing 12th. The boys track team also had a great showing at State. A few highlights include Jayvon Matthews placing 2nd in the 110m high hurdles and 8th in the 400m hurdles, Mason Tope finishing 15th and Matt Smith finishing 24th in the 3200m run, and the 4×200 team of Cameron Pugh, Tyson Morrison, Justin Ramsey and Sam Guyton finishing in 10th place.

North High Celebrates 10th Annual Run/Walk/Stumble/Crawl

The North High School family recently gathered to participate in the 10th Annual Run/Walk/Stumble/Crawl.  During this event, staff and friends of North run and walk around the neighborhood to the east of school to promote wellness and raise money for local charities. This year participants chose to support student Tylor LeMar, a North High 10th grader who is currently waiting for a heart transplant in Iowa City. With around 110 donors and participants split between staff (North, Wood, and Harrison), students, Tylor’s family, and other friends of North, $1200 was raised to support Tylor and his family. This year, for the first time ever, students also participated in the event. The boys’ and girls’ track teams, the girls’ soccer team, and a number of students raced through the neighborhood to support their classmate.

DCS Students’ Photographs Part of National Exhibition

Hailey Forrest (North), Lydia King (Central), and Will McKay (Central) have all had artworks accepted into the Photography Society of America’s 2014 Youth Photography Showcase. All three will have their photographs featured in the September issue of the PSA Journal, and will be on display at the PSA Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September. Hailey’s piece, “Words Hurt Stop Bullying” was chosen as the most outstanding work in the photojournalism category, earning her a monetary prize of $175. Lydia’s photograph, “Tranquility in Boston” won 3rd place in the architecture print category. Will’s photograph, “We Are the Eyes of the World” was accepted in the people/animals digital category. Congratulations to all three of you for your accomplishments on the national stage!

DSF Scholarships Awarded at West Honors Night

At the West High Honors Night, several West students were announced as Davenport Schools Foundation scholarship winners. Congratulations to Jiselle Henderkott, Haley Burney, David Solbrig, Moesha Poole, Madison Walker, Leah Hermann, Jessica Bennett, Olivia Terronez, Matt Kronfeld, Nick Keppy, A.J. Petersen, Dawn Vickers, and David McVay!

Wood Students Participate in National History Day and the National Geographic Bee

(Top photograph) Four Wood Intermediate students qualified for the State level National History Day competition. Esmee Belzer presented her performance “Nelson Mandela: a Misunderstood Dissident,” and Holden Conner, Amber Ehlers, and Daniel Orozco presented their group exhibit board titled “The 1912 Lawrence, Massachusetts Textile Strike.” (Bottom photograph) The National Geographic Bee is a nationwide contest to encourage the teaching and study of geography. Bee questions are designed to test a student’s knowledge of geography and may require interpretation of maps, graphs, and photographs. Landen Taylor took first place this year at Wood. Along with his certificate, he received a medal. Timothy O’Leary, also pictured, won second place at Wood.

Journalism Honors at Central High School

Congratulations to Selena Flores, Lydia King, Hailey Smith, Kayleigh Slater, and Claire Trimble, Central High students who were inducted into the Quill and Scroll Honorary Society for Journalism. Central would also like to congratulate the following members for becoming their newly elected leaders of Central’s local Quill and Scroll Chapter:  Justin Sanchez, President; Will McKay, Vice President; and Selena Flores, Secretary/Treasurer. In addition to that news, the results for the 2014 Iowa High School Press Association ONLINE Contest are in. Members of the Blackhawk Online Staff received a 3rd place in the Podcast category – team members were Susan Dircks, Rebecca Pogue and Daniel Nunez. Several staff members also received a 3rd place in the Video Story/News category – team members were Susan Dircks, Austin Starling, Jacob Lamantia, Cassidy Jarrett, Justin Sanchez and Madisen Hovey.
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