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Congratulations to the following students who received scholarships from Davenport’s Rotary Club: Briauna Little, Mid City High, $2,500; Hannah Hansen, Central High, $10,000; Alex Belzer, North High, $10,000; Tony Nguyen, West High, $10,000; and Thompson Teasdale, Central High, $10,000.
The high-quality education that our students receive in the classroom is essential, but only represents 15% of a child’s experience. Equally important is what children learn outside of school at home and in the community. During the summer months, youth can experience what experts call “summer learning loss” if they are not involved in enriching and educational activities. In a continued joint effort, Davenport Community Schools and our community partners are providing a variety of summer educational and enrichment opportunities, featured in the 2016 Summer Learning Guide. Now in it’s 7th edition, the guide serves as a tool to encourage and promote summer learning opportunities for our students and families. And to view even more summer/online activities related to reading, math, and science, please visit http://www.davenportschools.org/family-and-student-resources/parenting-resources/summer-learning/
On April 18th, Fran Riley from KWQC came to the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) to speak with students and learn more about some of the unique collaborations with which CAA students have been involved. Riley visited the CAA Visual Art division studio at the Figge Art Museum during the sixth grade Visual Art Enrichment class. He also spoke with three seventh grade girls from the Visual Art Enrichment class who have been involved with the JIVA Project, funded by John Deere, which connects students with girls in India as pen-pals and “art-pals.”
Davenport’s Student Built Home will be featured in the Quad Cities Parade of Homes this year. This home, located at 7122 Madison Street, was constructed by high school students over the course of a year, constructing everything from the foundation to the finishes. The home will be available for viewing during the Parade of Homes on April 30th and May 1st from 1 to 5 p.m. Go here to read a QC Times article about the house’s North High student interior designer.
Eleven area student-built sculptures are getting ready for display at the fourth annual Village in Bloom arts festival in the Village of East Davenport. Jackson Elementary created a five foot sculpture titled, “Wacky Bird.” Central High students created “Prosperity,” which was developed over the past year around this year’s Flight of Fancy theme. Rebar, lids, siding, and laminated cardboard were used to meet the requirement to create the sculpture from 80% recycled materials. The sculpture is eight feet tall and comes apart in the middle for moving. Industrial Tech students are credited with making the structure and manufacturing it so it could come apart and still be sturdy. All of these student-built sculptures will be displayed at the Village in Bloom Festival on May 7th when they will be sold to the highest bidder.
The Davenport Marine Corps JROTC earned first place overall at the Des Moines drill, shooting, and physical fitness competition on Saturday, April 2nd.
On April 19th, North High’s Swimming standout, Brennan Bladel, officially signed to continue his swimming career at Western Illinois University under North Alum, Head Coach Greg Naumann. Brennan is a four time state qualifier and all conference performer for the Wildcats.
Lorraine Pereira, daughter of Dr. M. Martin and Mrs. Susan Pereira of Davenport, was selected as the 2016 Dooley Scholarship recipient. The Dooley Scholarship is awarded each year to a DCSD senior in the upper 10% of their class, who has shown a continued interest in the field of medicine, and plans to become a medical doctor. The scholarship is in the amount of $20,000 over a four year period. This year, eight students in the district were finalists in a rigorous application process. Lorraine has been accepted to attend the University of California-Berkeley and plans to major in Public Health. She has been active as a co-leader of Girls Learn International, serves as a Student School Board member, member of the Key Club, Environmental Club, National Honor Society, and has received 11 superior ratings at FMTA piano competitions 2005-2016.