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Instructor Craig Peekenschneider and his students from North, West, and Central High in the Student Built Home Program once again have built a quality home from the foundation up, including rough framing, siding, shingling, and setting the windows and doors. They worked with people in the trades, including concrete (flatwork), electrical, plumbing, HVAC, drywall, painting, and landscaping. They also learned how to set cabinets, install sinks, lay tile, and install wood flooring, presenting the accomplishments in an open house on May 17th.
Several Central High students were selected to perform at the Outstanding Performers Showcase at Iowa State University on May 10th: Sammie Lyle, Peyton Reese, Meredith Cox, Audrey Moon, Annie Callaway, Abbi Ivanic, and Jada McCullum. The showcase was established to celebrate the accomplishments of students selected as “Outstanding Performance/Best in Center” at the Iowa High School Music Association State Solo-Ensemble Festival. Attendees performed for an audience including people from across Iowa as well as Iowa State University students.
Central High senior, Kevin Kurth, won this year’s State Long Jump title with a jump of 23 feet and 3.5 inches! It was an amazing way for Kevin to end a successful high school career before enrolling in the United States Military Academy at West Point in the fall.
In addition to Kevin’s state title, the following student-athletes placed in the top ten of their event at the State Track and Field Meet:
Boy’s Long Jump: Isaiah Gibbs, North, tenth place
Girl’s Discus: Lea Grady, Central, fifth place
Girl’s Shot Put: Lea Grady, Central, seventh place
Boys 4×200 Meter Relay: Team of Akendre Abbey, Collin Glazek, Zeke Hayslett, and Isaiah Gibbs, North, fifth place
Boys 100 Meter: Kevin Kurth, Central, fifth place
Boys 200 Meter: Collin Glazek, North, second place; Zeke Hayslett, North, sixth place
Boys 4×100 Meter Relay: Team of Akendre Abbey, Collin Glazek, Zeke Hayslett, and Isaiah Gibbs, North, third place
Go here to see complete results from the State Track meet.
Garfield Elementary Drum Circle students played at the Creative Arts Academy (CAA) Showcase at the Figge Art Museum on May 17th. The students drummed patterns to which the sixth-grade dancers choreographed the steps.
North High National Honor Society members supported future Wildcats by visiting Truman Elementary’s Life Skills classrooms and holding a mini field day with the students, which included stations for finger painting, relay races, and cookie decorating.
On May 5th, Truman Elementary, a Leader in Me School that focuses on the “7 Habits of Happy Kids” held its 3rd Annual Leadership Day. Over 30 community members, firefighters, police department staff, district administrators, and board members attended. Students showcased their leadership abilities with speeches, artwork, performances, music, and academics.
Mr. Marcu, a Central High staff member, took a day off to set up tables with individual posters for each of Central’s exchange students, representing and honoring cuisine and culture from Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Jordan, and Cameroon. Students, staff, host parents, and exchange coordinators were invited, and exchange students shared information and ethnic dishes. Guests then signed the students’ posters so that they each have a memento to take with them when they go home in a few weeks. Originally from Romania, Mr. Marcu understands the conflicted emotions involved with being so far from home and yet saying goodbye to such an exciting and unique experience in the United States.
On May 20th, 109 Wood Intermediate choir members participated in the 2017 Music in the Parks music festival held in Gurnee, Illinois, with the morning festival held at Vernon Hills High. Wood registered six choirs that competed with over 600 musicians from 18 schools representing 11 Midwest states. Students celebrated at Six Flags Park in the afternoon, including with a late afternoon awards ceremony where Wood received a record nine awards: sixth-grade choir (Overall Best Elementary Choir and First Place in Class A); seventh-eighth grade mixed choir (Overall Best Junior High Choir and First Place in Class A); eighth grade choir (First Place Mixed Choir Class A); women’s choir (First Place Women’s Choir); men’s choir (First Place Men’s Choir); seventh-grade choir (Second Place Class A); and eighth-grader, Casey Scott, was recognized as Overall Outstanding Soloist out of all choir classes Elementary through High School.