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Congratulations to the Central Army JROTC “Blue Devil” Battalion for winning the BEST Youth growth award in the Bi-State St. Patrick’s Day parade, the fourth largest in the United States with over 100 entrants competing for awards. Sudlow Intermediate’s seventh grade Orange Crush marching band entertained runners at Davenport’s St. Patty’s Day Fun Run sponsored annually by the Center for Active Seniors (CASI). They also performed at Dunkin Donuts’ grand opening in Davenport, earning a $500 donation for the school. Harrison Elementary won the race’s School Challenge contest this year, earning the traveling trophy and $500 for having the greatest race participation.
Congratulations to the following Davenport students who were winners in the Holocaust Visual Arts Contest: Wyeth Platt and Makayla Smith, third place winners from Creative Arts Academy and Timothy Campbell and Maya Roberts, honorable mentions from Creative Arts Academy. Their work will be displayed with the other winners’ works at the Moline Public Library and West High School.
Twenty-eight art pieces created by Davenport students are on display for the next year on City Hall’s third floor. One of those pieces is by Central High student, Arianna Joffrion; her photo, “A Bright Path,” shows her unique ability to see art in her everyday surroundings.
Rehearsals for Guys and Dolls are underway at West High after school, and the stagecraft students are hard at work during class making the set that will make the show a success. The Guys and Dolls spring musical will be performed April 8th and 9th at 7 p.m. and April 10th at 2 p.m.; tickets can purchased at the door.
Twenty male role models, including Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, a firefighter, army officers, policemen, college professors, Davenport schools employees, and many others recently visited Garfield Elementary classrooms for an event called “Real Men Read.” The men spoke to the students about their jobs, required job-related education or training, and the importance of reading in their daily life. They then read a book to the students and donated it to the classroom.
Central High junior, Mickey Sloat, qualified for State for the fifth year in a row at the regional National History Day competition at St. Ambrose University for her individual performance of “To Boldly Go: Star Trek’s Exploration of Culture through its Encounters and Exchanges.” Good luck to Mickey as she prepares to go to State in April.
Truman Elementary participated in the Jump Rope for Heart Community Service Learning Program, raising $3,995.32 for the American Heart Association. The Jump Rope for Heart project teaches the importance of developing heart-healthy habits, including that being physically active can be fun. The funds raised will help fight against heart disease by supporting cardiovascular research and education to help save lives here and across the nation. Students who collected the most enjoyed “silly stringing” Truman’s principal, Mrs. McMeekin, in front of the entire school.
Three Wood Intermediate students were recognized for their outstanding work in recent competitions. Jack West, eighth grader, is a finalist for the National Geographic State Geography Bee on April 1st in Cedar Rapids. Meredith Sloat, seventh grade, advances to the State National History Day competition in Des Moines this spring for her performance, “Exchanging Home for a Homestead in Space: Skylab’s Exploration & First Encounters.” Also in the National History Day competition, Rachel Sallis, also seventh grade, earned the best project in fine arts special award from the Figge for her piece, “The ‘Mulatto’ Girl in the Painting.”