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At the school board meeting on November 14th, Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) presented on their bills for funding equalization and hands free cellphone use while driving. They also presented Superintendent Tate with an official Mid City IYC sweatshirt as a token of their appreciation for his support of their efforts. School Board President Ralph Johansen congratulated IYC members Ayiana Litt, Alexandria Bribriesco, Taylor Lance, and Jalen Crawford on their work and presented each of them with a commemorative coin in honor of their year of service.
Congratulations to Kelly Snawerdt (pictured left) from West High for being awarded second place in the Photography category at the Festival of Trees. Her artwork will be on display at the festival until Sunday, November 27th. West’s Katie Melville (pictured right) was awarded Honorable Mention in the Painting category.
The Central High Marching Blue Devils finished their year as the school, city, and state representative at Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, where they recorded their highest score to date at Nationals since returning in 2014. They competed in five contests, placing in four and bringing home eight individual caption awards. The band also continued its streak of straight division one ratings at State Contest, which now spans over six decades.
Students from North High and West High attended the QC Minority Partnerships Youth Conference & College Fair on November 8, 2016. The students spent the day at Blackhawk College attending sessions about post-secondary options, financial aid, earning scholarships, social media, and being fiscally responsible. They also listened to a panel of current college students talk about their experiences in college.
Central High’s drama troupe #2951 received several achievements at the State Thespian Festival. Hunter IntVeld received first place in scenic design for Murder’s in the Heir, Hanna King got second place in stage management for Murder’s in the Heir, Brandon Leon got third place in Scenic Design for Little Shop of Horrors, Jeremy Weinstein got second place in monologue, and Temyia Holcomb got third place in monologue. In addition, Hunter IntVeld, Jeremy Weinstein, and Hannah King qualified for the International Thespian Festival.
On November 18th, numerous male role models visited Garfield Elementary students as part of the “Real Men Read” event. The visitors read to students and spoke about their occupations, required education for their jobs, and how they use reading in their everyday life. Readers included the following:
Barry Peiffer, Davenport Police
Dr. Art Tate, Davenport Superintendent of Schools
Frank Klipsch, Davenport Mayor
James Van Howe, Augustana Physics Professor
Jason Gordon, Davenport Alderman at Large
Seth Hankins, St. Ambrose College Student
David Rash, Retired Davenport Postmaster
Troy Robbins, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Robert Leveridge, Pastor/Songwriter
Nate Wilson, Davenport Firefighter
Charles McKinley, St. Ambrose History Professor
Ryan Saddler, Director of Diversity & Student Disability Services, St. Ambrose
James Stratton, KWQC News Anchor/Reporter
Jon Flynn, Davenport School District Athletic Director
James Atkinson, Davenport Firefighter
Rick Liske Davenport Firefighter
Jabari Woods, Davenport School District Associate Director of Human Resources
Mid City High students visited Capri College where they discussed education requirements for Capri’s programs, including aesthetics, massage therapy, nails, and cosmetology. Students also had a great time while receiving massages and makeovers.
West High’s yearbook staff attended the annual Iowa High School Press Association (IHSPA) conference in Iowa City, along with some of Mrs. Hansen’s newspaper staff members and members of the yearbook and newspaper staffs from Central and North. Over 780 Iowa journalism students attended the event, which started with two keynote speakers and then broke out into sessions about specific journalism topics. West’s yearbook from the 2015 – 2016 school year took home six awards.