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Two former Falcon basketball players are currently enjoying game time on the international basketball court. Nat Gaston, currently enrolled as a junior at Hong Kong’s University of Science and Technology, is now a member of the university’s men’s basketball team. Nat (#11 in the upper photo) started for the Falcons during the 2011 season when West captured the Mississippi Athletic Conference boys basketball championship, and was named an Iowa Academic All-State as a senior. Lavione West (lower photo, in front with pink shoes), plays for the Surrey United team, part of the British Professional Basketball League. Lavione was an Iowa 1st team all-state player for the Falcons, and graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University (NCAA II). Congrats to both of these former Falcons as they pursue their dreams!
Of the thirteen awards announced for the Festival of Trees High School Art Exhibition, Davenport Community School District students took seven awards, including “Best of Show.” Austin Robertson of North High School received Best of Show (pictured). Photography: Hailey Forrest of North High School took first place. Taylor Chandler of Central High School was awarded third place and Drawing. Darius Klinker of West High School received third place in Painting. Davenport Community Schools students swept the 3 Dimensional category with Shailah Harris of Central High School taking 1st place, Brayton Connor of North High School receiving 2nd place, and Kennedy Hill of Central High School capturing 3rd place. Congratulations to our students and their teachers for this great showing!
If you happen to visit the Festival of Trees anytime between now and November 30th, keep an eye out for the Mid City High School student artworks that are on display. Mediums represented include colored pencil, drawing pencil, oil pastel, watercolor, acrylic, sharpie, and digital photography. Also participating in Festival are Mid City Service Learning & iJAG students, who decorated a Christmas tree for the Budding Designers Showcase. Students chose the theme “Inspirations” and decorated their tree with positive messages. All decorations on the tree were handmade by students. Nice work, students!
Congratulations to Central High School’s competitive acting troupe #2951, also known as “The Rhinocorns.” This past weekend they competed at the University of Northern Iowa at the State Thespian Festival. Junior Ben Greiner received 2nd place for Stage Management and was selected to represent the state of Iowa at the International Thespian festival this June. This is a huge honor as this is only offered to the best in Iowa. Way to go Ben!!
In addition to that great news, senior Kayla Kinkaid auditioned in front of more than 20 college recruiters and was accepted by an astounding 7 colleges on scholarship. Jon Quigley also auditioned and was accepted by 3 colleges on scholarship. During the closing ceremonies both Jon and Kayla were honored by Waldorf College for receiving their highest scholarship prizes. Kayla received a $40,000 dollar scholarship and an additional $10,000 annually; Jon received a $48,000 dollar scholarship and an additional $12,000 annually.
A big congrats goes out to the North High Wildcat Thespians who traveled to the University of Northern Iowa for the annual Iowa State Thespian Festival last Friday. Their studio version of “Children of a Lesser God” won the Chapter Select designation in the Studio Theater category, and the production will advance to the International Thespian Festival in June! For a behind-the-scenes video feature on Children of a Lesser God, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jty3dKB0TUQ
In addition to that honor, Christian Owens will advance with his Solo Musical Theatre piece, and North’s Ensemble Acting Piece “After the Revolution” took 3rd place overall (Christian Owens, Spencer Barton, and Morgana Osborn). A final shout out goes to Sophomore Hannah DeFauw, as she was elected to serve on the board. Hannah will represent our state at the International Thespian Festival, and she will be integral in the planning and execution of next year’s state festival.
Madison Elementary was recently recognized for its approach to community engagement by the Federation of Community Schools. Steve Mielenhausen, principal of Madison Elementary, received the Leadership Award from this important education advocacy group. He was honored at the Federation’s Annual Conference in Naperville, IL on November 14, 2014, where education and youth development leaders from across the Midwest celebrated exemplars in the community schools philosophy. Madison Elementary and the leadership of its Principal was selected based on its high level of community volunteerism, business partnerships and unique approach to providing youth and family services in a school setting, including its active “Stepping Stones” after school and summer program, adult learning programs, food pantry and health services.
Congratulations to Steve and all the staff, families and partners of Madison Elementary who make these services possible for students!
Davenport Community Schools 2014 Employee Giving Campaign was a great success! Over the past 17 years our employees have donated $892,028 to non-profit and charitable community organizations that support families in need. Our total gift raised in the 2014 campaign was $42,028.
We are proud of our Davenport Community Schools employees generous response to this campaign that helps support services for some of our students and families with the greatest need. Kudos to a couple of our schools:
Once again, the employees at Smart Intermediate raised the largest gift amount by building.
Washington Elementary employees had another year of 100% participation in the campaign.
It is the districts goal to continue to support the families and students.
Congratulations to the Central High Marching Blue Devils on an amazing performance at Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Marching Blue Devils were one of ninety four bands that competed over a three day time frame. They finished in 9th place in their class out of 22, and 46th overall out of 94. The Marching Blue Devils received a Division II standing at the event. Way to Go Blue Devils!!
In more music/band news, the 2014 Fred J. Miller Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Grace Schebler! Nominees for the scholarship must be a senior planning to pursue a degree in music education; someone who demonstrates outstanding musicianship, leadership skills and work ethic; a student who plans to enroll in college within one year of graduating high school and has a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and someone who performed with a band at the 2014 Bands of America Regional or Super Regional Championships.