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On Friday, January 20th, the North High Junior Optimist Octagon International (JOOI) Club hosted their Annual Dance Marathon in the small gym following the boys basketball game versus West High. Chaperones and St. Ambrose University students joined 38 North students for the event, raising almost $2,000 for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
The Central High Tri-M Music Honor Society Chapter wrote and performed a skit for Central feeder elementary schools on January 17th, sharing their love for music with students at Garfield, McKinley, and Eisenhower. The skit, which was a spin on The Wizard of Oz, took the audience on a journey with Ruby, who does not feel that she has musical talent. Throughout her journey, she meets different groups of instrumentalists and learns about the instruments played in band and orchestra. In the end, she finds the wizard and learns that she has the ability to play any of these musical instruments; it just takes time and effort to learn.
The Creative Arts Academy (CAA) has partnered with Central High’s existing arts staff to expand the number of course offerings as the first cohort of intermediate CAA students transition to high school as freshmen in the 2017-2018 school year. Some of the intriguing courses offered will include Drawing II, Painting II, Music in Our Lives I & II, Music Fundamentals and the Piano, Movement for Musical Theatre, and Camera and Lighting Fundamentals I. While these courses will be core CAA coursework, they will also be available to other Central students who pass the courses’ prerequisites.
The North High, West High, and North Scott art clubs got together after school to go to DeWitt to meet professional artist, Heidi Draley-McFall, and see her studio. The students learned her process, including ideas, tools, and techniques, for creating photo-realistic large portraits with charcoal. More visits are being planned to continue the collaboration.
Central High’s Drama Troupe #2951 hosted a soup supper for the Thespian Awards Banquet honoring this year’s thespians. Students received their awards from the state festival held in November at the University of Northern Iowa. In June, Central will send three thespians to internationals as a result of their superior rankings at the state level.
Central High hosted the Eastern Iowa Regional History Bowl and Bee tournament on January 14th. Numerous amazingly talented students spent their Saturday answering history questions and competing. Congratulations to the Central Freshman History Bowl Team for taking second and qualifying for Nationals. Central Freshman Rafe Sullivan (pictured far left) was the overall champion of the Junior Varsity History Bee and qualified for the individual state competition.
West student, Sam Petri (pictured far left), and his band, yBblu, sponsored by the Crossroads Blues Society out of Rockford, Illinois, are going to the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. They will be performing at the Youth Showcase on Friday, February 3rd, along with youth bands from all over the world. Go here to see a video of them performing.
The Quad Cities Community Piano Project is a Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO) initiative in celebration of its current season, Joined by a River. Through the project, customized pianos will tour the Quad Cities through April for all citizens to interact with and share the joy of making music. Creative Arts Academy (CAA) DREAM students from Central High School’s AP Studio Art class created the piano with images representing the Quad Cities and the river that joins us. The public is invited to play the piano and share pictures or videos on social media. Find out where it’s going to be next here.