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Over $11,000 Raised to Support the CAA at Fundraising Event

Attendees enjoying CAA fundraiser event Thanks to the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) Parent Teacher Association, Danyelle and Wesley from Arthur Murray Dance, and the Murder Mystery Company, over $11,000 was raised to support CAA with a fundraising event at the River Music Experience. Nearly 300 people enjoyed a fabulous evening of delicious food, raffles, and entertainment.

CAA and West Students Head to State Destination Imagination Competition

CAA's Makaku Destination Imagination team Three teams of Creative Arts Academy (CAA) eighth graders and three teams of West High students competed in the sub-state Destination Imagination Creative Problem Solving Competition in Ames, Iowa. In their respective categories, the CAA teams of Makaku (pictured) with members Cayla Odendahl, Hannah Williamsen, Makayla Smith, Madison Phelps, and Garianna Clinton-Nelson won first place; Aahvengerz with Wyeth Platt, Kailey Johnson, Molly Dye, Bella Monzyk, Molly Schroeder, and Inna Gomez won first place; and Savage Six with Victoria King, Olivia Reynolds, Ella Smith, Andrew Park, and Izaiah Gundrum won third place. West’s Team Guys and Gals with members MyKala Housholder, Andromeda Springsteen, Nick Hayes, and Thomas Yates placed third; and Team Je ne Sais Pa with Kate Kealey, Robbie Greeve, Danielle Reitz, and Andrew Lord finished first.

North’s Jinaya Houston Makes INA All-State Team

Jinaya Houston campus photo North High’s Jinaya Houston was recently appointed to the Iowa Newspaper Association’s (INA) All-State Team for the third year in a row, despite not playing in five games this past season after an ankle sprain. Jinaya was one of seven players selected to the Class 5A first team by Iowa sportswriters across the state. She averaged 18 points and nearly 7.5 rebounds per game and completed her high school basketball career with 1,570 points and more than 600 rebounds. Go here to read the Quad-City Times article on the INA All-State team. Go here to watch an Iowa Public Television video about North’s girls basketball team, featuring Jinaya.

Central Show Choirs Place at Janesville Competition

Central show choirs' group photos Central High’s prep show choir team, Blue Vibrations, ended their highly successful competitive season with a first place finish in the prep division at Janesville Craig’s Spotlight Spectacular on March 11th. They also won captions for Best Vocals, Best Choreography, and Best Band. CJ Parker won Best Male Soloist for the third time this season. Central Singers, Incorporated (CSI), placed second in Class 4A and won the caption for Best Band. Best wishes to CSI as they compete nationally at FAME Orlando on Saturday, March 18th.

West’s Jazz Band I Earns Superior Rating

West High's Jazz Band 1 West High’s Jazz Band I, under the direction of Maggie Oates, has had a very successful season so far. It was the only 4A jazz band at their site to receive a Division I Superior Rating. They also competed at the Coe College Jazz Summit on February 24th and at the SEIBA Jazz Festival in Iowa City on March 4th.

Buchanan Celebrates Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss Themed Event

Students happy to see Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat [Show picture list] On Friday, March 3rd, Buchanan Elementary held a “Celebration of Reading” in conjunction with Read Across America Day, sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA). The event included uniformed police and fire officers as well as visits from West and North High student athletes. It ended with a parade through the building led by the “Cat in the Hat” and “McGruff the Crime Dog.” In addition to supplies for the celebration, Buchanan received a national grant from the NEA to provide free books to each student and numerous books for the school library. Read Across America Day celebrates and promotes the joy of reading and coincides with the birthday of Dr.

North Student Wins Best Soloist Award for the Fifth Time and Receives Scholarship

North's Melanie Anderson with certificate and trophy North High’s Melanie Anderson won her fifth Best Female Soloist award at the Fort Madison competition and was awarded a scholarship to Central College in Pella. Center Stage won first place in the prep division; Northside Establishment placed first in the 4A division and finished first runner-up in finals.

Davenport Students’ Art Displayed at City Hall

Group of students with artwork on display at city hall Several Davenport students’ art pieces were chosen to be displayed for an entire year on the third floor of Davenport’s city hall as part of the Art at City Hall exhibit. The project ties the district art curriculum to this exhibit through the community landmarks unit, which focuses on cultural identity and personal meaning. On March 8th, the student artists were recognized at a reception and certificate presentation. Students with displayed artworks are: Noah Neal, 11th grade, Central Rylee Runge, 10th grade, North Makayla Celine Covey, 10th grade, West Lauren Gundrum, 10th grade, Mid City Makayla Smith, 8th grade, Creative Arts Academy Steven Daily III, 7th grade, Smart Wini Aboyure, 8th grade, Sudlow Aenish Porte, 8th grade, Williams Brody Nordenson, 6th grade, Wood Emma Banks, 4th grade, Adams Hallie Wisely, 4th grade, Blue Grass Dominik Vargas, 4th grade, Buchanan Trevor Johnson, 4th grade, Buffalo Baila Nees, 4th grade, Eisenhower Alivia Werthmann, 4th grade, Fillmore Alden Schermer, 4th grade, Garfield Lauren Schulte, 4th grade, Harrison Nick Tenney, 4th grade, Hayes Samantha Higgins, 5th grade, Jackson Mia Bale Laughlin, 4th grade, Jefferson Seryanna Cutkomp, 3rd grade, Madison Maddie Breidenbach, 4th grade, McKinley Brisa Telez, 4th grade, Monroe Sandra Ong, 3rd grade, Truman Emmalynn Golinghorst, 4th grade, Walcott Ronan Carr, 4th grade, Washington Jacon Schumann, 3rd grade, Wilson  
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