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This year’s Dr. Thomas Anthony Dooley Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ahilya Khadka, senior at Central High School. The Dooley Scholarship is a $20,000 scholarship that can be used at any accredited college or university. It is awarded each year to a Davenport senior in the upper 10% of their class, who has shown a continued interest in the field of medicine, and who plans to become a medical doctor.
Ahilya ranks in the top 1% of students at Central High. Born and raised in Nepal, Ahilya came to the United States to Davenport two years ago. Ahilya speaks fluent Nepali, Hindi and Urdu as well as English, earning a 35 on her ACT English score. She is learning Spanish and has participated in Advanced Placement coursework in Biology, Chemistry, Calculus, Statistics, Psychology and English Literature while at Central High School.
On Sunday April 26th, West High students Kyle Verdon and Helena Hansen were recognized at the Iowa High School Athletic Association Governor’s Scholar Program. They were selected as the school’s representatives for the 2014-2015 school year based upon their high academic standing at West and their school involvement. The IHSAA organizes this annual event, providing a forum where tribute is paid to the success of these students.
On Saturday, April 25th, the 2015 Fame Aspire Awards were awarded during the Fame National Championships in Chicago. After being nominated by show choir professionals from across the country, Great River Show Choir Invitational was awarded “Best Regional Competition” for the second year in a row! Great River is hosted by the West and Central High School choral departments each year at the Adler/River Center, and the event attracts top show choirs from across the Midwest. This invitational is unique because it is a collaboration of two high schools coming together to put on a competition at a venue that is not a high school campus. Congratulations to all of the parents, students, volunteers, Adler/River Center Staff, and directors that have made Great River into the success it is!
Now that the state has established the earliest allowed start date for next school year, Davenport Community Schools has set a school start date for the 2015-16 academic year. On April 27th, the Community School Board finalized the start date as Monday, August 24th, 2015. The complete 2015-16 academic year calendar is now available online: http://www.davenportschools.org/calendars/
Come join us at the CARING CAFÉ: Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Awareness Event! Last year the Davenport Community Schools organized an opportunity that took place at North High School to provide our families and students resources and information regarding suicide interventions. We are steadfast in our efforts to continue this outreach, and we invite you to join us!
April 28th, 2015 at the Central High Cafeteria
May 14th, 2015 at West High in the Library
For more information, download the event flyer as a PDF.
DCS students recently participated in Local Government Day with the City of Davenport, visiting Council Chambers, the Davenport Police Department, Juvenile Court Services, and the Country Jail. Local Government Day is co-sponsored by Davenport Community Schools and the Mississippi Regional Blood Center. Students from social studies classes at all four high schools began their tour at City Hall, where they heard from the Davenport City Administrator and Scott County Election Supervisor. Next, staff from the City’s Finance Department presented a scenario about the funding process, and Public Works staff gave a presentation on Capital Improvement Projects. Our District thanks everyone involved for a wonderful, immersive learning experience!
Will McKay, one of Central High’s yearbook’s student photographers, had his photo featured on the cover of the magazine Communication: Journalism Education Today. This is an incredible achievement, as his photo was chosen from a gathering of student photos from all across the country. Will had an opportunity to submit his photo while attending a conference in Washington D.C. with the yearbook staff. He also received a “Superior” rating at the national competition for his complete photography portfolio. Congratulations on this huge accomplishment!
The annual High School Invitational Exhibition is currently on display at Quad City Arts through May 8th, and this year, as in years past, Davenport Community Schools has much to celebrate! Many DCS student and teacher artworks were selected for the exhibition, and a few select Davenport students were selected for honors and awards. Continue reading below to see what each school reported in after the awards ceremony…
CENTRAL: Over 20 Central High students have work on display, and several students received awards for their work! Kennedy Hill: 2nd Place- Scholarship; Rachel Lyle: 3rd Place- Scholarship; Kennedy Hill: Most Creative Concept; Kennedy Hill: Cutting Edge Award; Nash Foderberg: Deborah Doehler Studio Award; Taylor Chandler: Left Bank Art League Scholarship; Taylor Chandler: “1000 Words” Award; and Rachel Spring: QC Arts Staff Award.
CREATIVE ARTS ACADEMY: From the Visual Arts division, senior Joseph Nguyen received the Quad City Arts Aquatic Award.