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Central High’s Central Singers, Incorporated, had their final competition of the year as the only representative from Iowa at FAME in Orlando, Florida. They finished as second runner-up overall, which qualifies them for the Show Choir National Championship in Chicago, Illinois, their second such qualification. Special congratulations go to senior, Pierre Young, for being named “Best Male Performer” and to junior, Ajay Williams, for being named “Best Male Soloist” and receiving a $10,000 scholarship.
This week, North High fine arts finalized the extraordinary sets, costumes, and staging for a final dress rehearsal of their spring production, In The Heights. The musical was created by Tony award-winning writer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also created the Broadway smash, Hamilton. This is an ambitious undertaking of a difficult show that incorporates rap, singing, dialogue, staging, and dance to tell the story of Usnavi and the Latino community in the Barrio of Washington Heights, New York.
Two Davenport bowlers were selected for The Des Moines Register’s All-Iowa Elite teams. North High’s CJ Bakoylis placed third in the Class 3A state meet with a 468 series total (12 pins off the state championship pace), and he ranked fourth individually in the state with a 452 average. Central High’s Maddi Smith finished as the state runner-up in Class 3A, bowling a 480 total in the meet, ending up 20 pins behind the winner, and averaging 365.9 per series over the season.
Led by social studies teachers, Ellen Weishaar, Hailey Thompson, and James Pigney, Smart Intermediate seventh graders traveled to Aurora, Illinois, to package meals for the “Feed My Starving Children” program. The trip was related to the classes’ studies about Africa, including Africa outreach projects. Students had seven charities to choose from, and after watching a series of YouTube videos, they voted to volunteer for “Feed My Starving Children,” which provides meals all over the world, including Africa.
On March 14th, Grammy-winning jazz pianist, Laurence Hobgood, entertained West High music students, playing a number of mostly improvised songs. He also discussed his work in the music industry, his training, and the process of improvisation in jazz music.
Central High’s varsity mock trial team with members Mickey Sloat, Hannah Mandell, Will deBlois, Ben Florence, Bibaswan Khadka, Nina Lanciloti, Drew Thompson, and Thomas Theiling (pictured top) were selected to compete in the state mock trial competition. Additionally, for the first time, Central will be taking a second team to State, the all-freshmen team of Jack Bevans, Isabel Buchanan, Jacob Hansen, Jennifer Mahl, Hailey Mandell, Laura Sitz, Rafe Sullivan, Linnea Teasdale, and Zeke Wynsma (pictured bottom). Congratulations and good luck on the next level of competition.
On March 9th, West High seniors, Amber Sheridan and Hannah Perry, visited the state capitol with the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program. They spent the day meeting with legislators to talk about iJAG and with other iJAG students from across the state.
Two Central High students placed in the 2017 Ida Kramer “Children and the Holocaust” Essay Contest. Grace Hipple won first place for her essay, “Fighting for Freedom: Simone Segouin’s Brace Resistance to Nazi Persecution.” Noor Ain won second place for her essay, “Marion – The Lady Who Inspired Me.” The essay contest, sponsored by The Quad Cities Yom HaShoah Committee, challenged students to research the history of a specific child or youth who was caught in or witnessed the events of the Holocaust in Europe. Students then discussed how learning about the Holocaust through their research, and seeing it through the lens of their historical figure, made the Holocaust more meaningful to them.