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The Children’s Villages celebrated National Week of the Young Child April 11th through 15th by participating in theme days, hosting a family night at each site, and holding a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch. Started in 1971 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on young children’s and their families’ needs and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
Numerous Davenport students received awards on April 14th at the 39th Annual Quad City Arts High School Invitational awards ceremony. Teachers selected students to enter this most prestigious art show of the year, which will run through May 12th. Congratulations to the winners:
Juror’s Choice Award: Katelyn Cox, West, for her painting, “The Baltimore Oriole”
Alexander and Norma Locascio Award for Intellect in Art: Lindsay Puls, Central/Creative Arts Academy (CAA)
Award for Whimsy in Art sponsored by Charles White: Tiago Marquez, Central/CAA
Excellence in Ceramics Award sponsored by Marilyn Davis: Aaron Fischer, Central/CAA
Excellence in Photography Award sponsored by Jack Wilhoit: Raegan Lancaster, Central
Hilltop Campus Village Design Award: Emily Hummel, Central/CAA
Left Bank Art League Scholarship Award: Hailey Purdy, North
Rock Island Art Guild Members’ Selection: Aubrey Williams, Central
Living Lands & Waters 1st Place for Use of Recycled Materials: Hunter Bell, North
Quad City Arts’ Staff Award: Karlie Westmoreland, Central/CAA
Teacher Award, 1st Place: David Schaeffer, North art teacher.
Students in Mr. Schellenberg’s Construction Technology I (CTI) course at Mid City High built a lending library for Hayes Elementary. Ms. Tabor, Mid City’s Juvenile Court Liaison, provided books to get the lending library started.
Mrs. Easton’s second graders (pictured here with Rascal) at Eisenhower Elementary read to reach their goal to make it to a free River Bandits Game on April 29th.
Congratulations to Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joe Moralez who was honored in Des Moines on April 13th with the Excellence in Mentoring Award. Moralez is not only the Senior Army Instructor for JROTC at Central High, but he has also been an active volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Mississippi Valley for the past four years. Various mentoring agencies across Iowa nominate individuals who exemplify Advocacy and Leadership, Innovation, Impact, and Commitment. In the classroom and as a Big Brother, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Moralez teaches the importance of working toward goals, practicing personal integrity, enjoying life, and having fun.
On April 14th, Central High/Creative Arts Academy senior, Reilly Moeller, was honored at the Figge Art Museum as one of the recipients of a very prestigious 2015 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship, a $3,000 yearly scholarship renewable for four years. To earn this scholarship. Reilly demonstrated her intentions to enter the field of Fine Art, Graphic Design, or Art Education and provided an extensive portfolio of her unique and talented work.
On Sunday, April 10th, at the American Legion in Davenport, Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch, Superintendent Art Tate, and representatives from many leadership organizations presented awards to the following Army JROTC Cadets:
Outstanding Superior Cadet Award: Thomas Yates, Billy Jo Sherman, Joseph Beard, Louis Nelson, Jacob Lugviel, Matt Gonzalez, and Darica Hayes
American Legion Award for Outstanding Leadership: Kevin Kurth
Military Officers Association Award: Samuel Reynolds
Reserve Officers Association Award: Shelby Ford
Daughters of the American Revolution Award: Madison Ford
Warrant Officers Association Award: Dominic Mathias
Army JROTC Varsity Letter: Nathanial Rozinek
Marksmanship Awards: Becca VanVooren, Joseph Beard, Nathaniel Rozinck, Aleah Kossan, and Samual Reynolds
Top Physical Fitness Award: Kevin Kurth.
Fillmore students took part in the “Superheroes Read and Superheroes Save the Summer” kick off assembly put on by some of the Literacy Avengers. They learned how they can participate in the district’s summer school program at Fillmore.