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This summer, Davenport Army JROTC cadets joined students from other programs throughout the region to participate in the Army JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge at Camp Dodge in Johnston, Iowa. Cadets were challenged to step out of their comfort zone to meet and team up with students from other schools with different backgrounds, skills, and abilities. Cadets completed the leadership education and training objectives with exceptional performances to develop leadership skills in a hands-on military environment, experience living and interacting with cadets in a military setting, and participate in adventure training, all while having fun. Cadet/Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Reynolds and Cadet/Corporal Christopher Estes were nominated for Top Cadet. Cadet/Major Rebecca Vanvooren was selected as Davenport JROTC Top Cadet.
Girls who participate in Girls on the Run at Buchanan Elementary and their coaches participated in the North High Homecoming Parade. Girls on the Run is an empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grades that provides skills and experiences to navigate the world confidently and unleash limitless potential. The girls are taught life skills by their coaches through a curriculum of engaging lessons and fun running activities. At the season’s conclusion, the girls participate in a celebratory 5K run that gives them a lifelong memory of accomplishment.
Central High alumnus, Jacob Lunardi, and his associate, Anthony Powers, are teaching a seven-week Junior Achievement Career Success program to ProStart culinary arts students. This program helps students obtain and maintain careers by teaching creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration.
North High Ambassadors visited Wood Intermediate on September 14th to invite all students to participate in homecoming festivities, including the homecoming parade that evening and the football game on Friday night. In addition, Ambassadors shared information about other events happening this fall and ways to ensure a successful start to the school year.
West High students, (pictured left to right) Tyler Williams, Hannah Jones, Chane Eckhardt, Courtney Schaeffer, McKenna Rommel, and Savanah Strunk, participated in the National Council on Youth Leadership on Wednesday, September 13th. Chane Eckhardt was awarded one of the top awards of $500 and the opportunity to attend the “Town Meeting on Tomorrow” at Washington University in St. Louis in October.
Over 400 students and grandparents attended Walcott Elementary’s Parent Teacher Association’s grandparent’s breakfast on Friday, September 8th. After breakfast, students showed their classrooms to their guests.
Mid City students, Kaleb Payne, Tyler Roberson, and Brianne Sinclair, constructed a tarp shelter as part of their Product Development class where they’re learning “How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.” This is the second attempt at shelter-making after discovering the day before that aluminum rods and really hard ground do not make an effective shelter building combination. Once bridge spikes were substituted, the total time to construct the shelter was less than ten minutes. The class asks students to go through the process of refining a product to meet the needs of an audience in a given situation.
Congratulations to Central High’s John McAtee for being named as a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program. This year, John was one of only 16,000 students across the nation who qualified as semifinalists. The initial qualifier for the program was John’s 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). In the next stages of the scholarship program, he must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level.