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Central High senior Trey Bullock has been awarded the Iowa State University’s Multicultural Vision Program Award (MVP). This program recognizes Iowa high school students of color who have faced personal hardships while demonstrating commitment to academic success. As an award recipient, Trey’s tuition will be covered for eight semesters of undergraduate study. Congratulations to Trey on his continued devotion to his studies!
The North High Wildcat Girls Golf Team won this year’s City Tournament, competing against West, Assumption, and Central. The varsity team of Shelby Carlson, Heather Dodson, Anna Dressler, Alissa Calsyn, and Mckenzie O’Brien shot an 18-hole score of 434. Individually, O’Brien took 3rd place with a score of 100, and Dressler took 5th with a 102. Congratulations, team!
3rd grade student Devin Ralfs at Hayes Elementary had an idea for a “Buddy Bench” at his school. Devin wanted students outside at recess to have somewhere to go when they had no one to play with and were in need of a “buddy.” Davenport Central High School’s Advanced Welding Class, taught by Mr. Terry Hatfield, created a design for and built the bench. Just last week Mr. Hatfield and student Mason West delivered the bench to Devin at Hayes. The students at Hayes love having the opportunity of using this bench as a place to hang out and feel a sense of belonging during recess time. We salute Devin for a wonderful idea, and Mr. Hatfield and his class for bringing the idea to life.
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In April, the district’s award-winning Children’s Villages celebrated the “Week of the Young Child” with a family performance at Children’s Village West and a parade by Children’s Village Hoover. Children’s Village West hosted “Macaroni Soup,” featuring Miss Carole and Clarence. The three performances served all of the students in the Village and were enjoyed by the children and their families. Children’s Village Hoover made their own music with maracas, cymbals, triangles and other instruments in a walking parade through the neighborhood and the Village of East Davenport. The Week of the Young Child is a national celebration that recognizes the impact of high quality learning experiences for preschool age youth.
The Bezos Scholars Program @ The Aspen Institute recently announced the selection of the 2014 Bezos Scholars, and Central High junior Pablo Haake and teacher Michael Tujillo have been selected to attend this year’s cohort of scholars and educators! Nationwide, the Aspen Institute brings together twelve of the nation’s top public high school juniors, twelve exceptional educators and six Scholars from the African Leadership Academy in South Africa for a week of exploration, dialogue, and debate. Participants will also meet with visionaries from around the globe including international leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and artists. Congratulations to these two talented and devoted Blue Devils on achieving such a remarkable honor!
West High student Brooke Garnica was recently awarded the Tracy Hester Weisrock Memorial Scholarship by Sharon Hester in an impromptu surprise ceremony. This annual scholarship is awarded to an academically successful senior athlete in a Davenport High School. Please congratulate Brooke as you see her! We are so very proud of her accomplishments.
Seniors Tamika Tucker, Nathan Goettsch, and Jordan Trowers were selected as the North High School Student-Athletes of the Year for 2014 at the Senior Awards Ceremony on May 19th. Voting for these prestigious spots was done by the coaches at North High, and these three fine athletes were the initial recipients of these awards. Tamika has been a star track athlete while at North, qualifying for the state track meet this year in the 100M Dash, 200 M Dash and the High Jump. Nathan is an all-state bowler along with being a member of the track and field and baseball squads. Jordan has been an All-MAC performer in both football and wrestling, where he placed 6th at the state tournament this year.
Kimberly Center High School graduating class for Spring 2014 is comprised of 43 seniors, and the graduation ceremony was held on May 20, in the Galvin Fines Arts Center of St. Ambrose University. Two students received scholarship recognition – Alathea Wilkins from Scott Community College and Jacob Cook for the Betty Nelson Scholarship. The Madison Jr. Blue Vibes performed “Let It Go” and “The Best Day of My Life” under the direction of Mary Beth Dircks. Congratulations to all the graduates! You make us very proud!