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North High’s two stagecraft classes are building a two-story replica of Washington Heights, New York, for the spring musical, In the Heights. The students are working with lumber and foam to create the authentic-looking cityscape with storefronts and apartment windows. So far, they have constructed the bottom framework and top walls in preparation for placement on stage. The musical will be performed at North on March 31st, April 1st, and April 2nd.
West High’s Industrial Technology and Project Lead the Way teacher, Greg Smith, was surprised on February 3rd with the southeast Iowa STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Teacher of the Year award along with a check for $3,000. The award was created in 2014 to celebrate STEM teachers who are “’Innovative’ in their methods, ‘Outstanding’ in their passion for education, ‘Worldly’ in how their students see that STEM is all around them, and ‘Academic’ in engaging students both in and out of the classroom.” The check was sponsored by Kemin Industries, allowing $1,500 for personal use and $1,500 for the classroom, which Greg plans to use to purchase parts for West’s CNC machine. Go here to see WQAD’s coverage of the award presentation.
Nine-year-old Washington Elementary student, Navon Shabazz, will be advancing to the Iowa State Elks Hoop Shoot regionals in March. At the State Competition in Grinnell on February 4th, he made 22 of 25 free throws, claiming the Iowa Elks Hoop Shoot state title for his division and the John O’Conner Award, the overall top male free throw shooter in the state of Iowa. Congratulations Navon and best wishes at regionals on March 18th!
On February 9th, Dr. Steven Smyth, Associate Director of Bands at Iowa State University, worked with the North High Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble in preparation for their 5th- through 12th-grade band concert that night. Students enjoyed working with Dr. Smyth and getting a taste of a college-level rehearsal. After working with the band at North, Dr. Smyth went to Wood Intermediate to work with the 7th- and 8th-grade band.
Central High’s show choirs faced their toughest competition of the year at the Urbandale Show Choir Invitational, coming away with the Best Stage Crew designation for the Central Singers, Inc. (CSI) crew, led by Senior Sara Fratamico. The CSI Show Band, Pit Nation, placed second out of 21 groups, missing the Best Band award by only a half point.
North High’s Center Stage show choir placed fourth in the prep division at Bettendorf High School’s Rhythm on the Riverbend Show Choir Invitational, and Northside Establishment placed third, making it to finals where they finished as second runner-up. In addition, North’s Melanie Anderson was named Outstanding Female Soloist for the second consecutive time. Also at Bettendorf, West High’s West Connection varsity show choir placed sixth in the open division and won the People’s Choice Award after the daytime round, advancing to finals where they finished as fourth runner-up. Additionally, Tyler Seaba and Michael Hill won Outstanding Performer awards, and This Just In, West’s prep show choir, finished first runner-up in the prep division for the third consecutive time.
Congratulations to Central High’s Sam Serrano (pictured) on qualifying for the State Wrestling Tournament after an overtime finals match on Saturday, February 11th. Congratulations also to the following who placed in their weight classes: Cameron Heinz (third place), Dave Canfield (fifth place), Andrew Smith (third place), and Caleb Dansou (third place).
Congratulations to the Davenport secondary students whose art pieces are displayed at NorthPark Mall. The pieces were selected by building art educators and prepared for display by the public on 56 panels in the mall halfway between JC Penney and Von Maur by Rue 21 and ExpressMen during mall hours through Monday, February 20th. One of Mid City High’s panels is pictured.