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Numerous Central High, West High, and Creative Arts Academy students placed in the 2016 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, including winning eight Gold Keys, 16 Silver Keys, and 12 Honorable Mentions in mixed media, drawing, painting, jewelry, clay work, photography, digital art, short story, and senior portfolio. Issac Vasquez (pictured) also won the prestigious American Visions award for his drawing, “Eternal Grime.” Gold Keys are awarded to the top 5-7% of all entries, Silver Keys to the top 7-10%, and Honorable Mentions to the top 10-15%. Gold Key artworks will be judged at the national level, and winners will attend a reception at the University of Iowa’s Belin Blank Center in Iowa City on March 26th.
Central High students, Lindsay Larkin and Stefani Metzger, have been chosen to serve as student pages in the Iowa General Assembly after completing an intense application process that included providing written statements of intent, letters of recommendation, school performance résumés, official school transcripts, and interviews. Of the hundreds of applicants, Lindsay was one of 12 students selected in the state of Iowa as a Senate page while Stefani was selected to work for the House of Representatives. While maintaining full course loads at Central, they will work Monday through Friday in Des Moines assigned to chamber benches, the bill room, journal offices, switchboards, and to assist senators and representatives. They may also aid senators or representatives and staff in committee meetings and with materials.
Congratulations to the Army JROTC Drill team on their incredible work at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where they competed against 22 other teams from all over the Midwest in the 42nd Annual Purdue Army ROTC Drill Meet. The Armed Drill Team and the Color Guard received Excellent ratings in this event, one of the most competitive events in the region.
Mid City High’s Junior Rotarian, Tyraine Bostic, attended a recent Rotary luncheon at the FIGGE that featured Cedar Rapids Mayor, Ron Corbett, who was highlighting upcoming legislative issues, including water quality, which Tyraine discussed with him after the presentation. Tyraine also met Davenport Mayor, Frank Klipsch, and Senator, Maggie Tinsman (pictured with Tyraine and Mayor Corbett), as well as other elected officials and business leaders.
West High’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs will benefit from the new Businesses Engaging Students and Teachers (BEST) grant from the Governor’s STEM Council. The grant purchased an industrial grade Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Mill to be used in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Career Pathways programs, allowing civil engineering and architecture students to compete at the Putnam’s Battle of the Bridges Event.
Central High’s show choirs had a very successful weekend at Mt. Pleasant. Blue Vibrations was named Grand Champion of the prep division and the band, Pit Nation, received the top band score. After the evening finals, Central Singers, Incorporated was awarded overall Grand Champion, Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Best Band, the group’s second consecutive win in Mt. Pleasant. During North High’s Northside Establishment evening finals performance, the power went out, but the dancing, singing, and band didn’t skip a beat as they continued while audience members lit up the stage with their cell phone lights. The video has become somewhat of an Internet sensation with tens of thousands views on YouTubeand the WQAD local news covering the story.
The Davenport Community Schools administration will be holding three listening sessions with the residents and business leaders who live and work within the current J.B. Young School boundary. When J.B. Young closes as a school at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year, the Achievement Service Center will move into that space, however there will be plenty of room to host services and programs that will benefit the community. We have sent out letters asking for ideas from people residing and working in the neighborhood and in order to hear those ideas directly, we are holding three listening sessions during the month of February:
Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. in the Cafeteria at the J.B. Young School
Tuesday, February 23rd at 6 p.m.
By beating Clinton 54-31 in the game Tuesday, February 9th, North High’s varsity girls’ basketball team secured first place in the MAC conference to earn the school’s first-ever championship title. They won their last game of the season February 11th against Assumption and will next enter the playoffs for the chance to go to and win the state tournament. Go here to read the QC Times article and see their photo gallery.