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The district’s ProStart culinary arts program students were invited to attend The Craft of Butchering a Beef Forequarter taught by Master Butcher Kari Underly. Students learned how to break down meat to create more marketable cuts. This event was held at the Waterfront Convention Center and sponsored by Eastern Iowa American Culinary Federation and Iowa Beef Council.
Working artist and Quad City Symphony member, Aren VanHouzen, visited seventh- and eighth-grade Creative Arts Academy (CAA) students. He presented on the trumpet and gave fantastic practical advice on how to be a working artist, advising students to “Keep your schedule busy. As an artist, it’s up to you to book your next gig or show; no one else will do it for you. It’s because of this that I’m able to be a working musician and I’m grateful for that every day.”
On Thursday, November 2nd, North High Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students attended the Leadership Development Conference at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. iJAG Career Association Officers (pictured) Ebony Baylor (VP of Fundraising/Media Relations), Demeia Johnson (VP of Career Development), Trace Wruck (VP of Community Awareness), and Marissa Gomez (VP of Leadership Development), learned more about their roles within the association, polished their leadership skills, and collaborated with students from the other 48 iJAG programs within the state about action plans in their own classroom and community. They also interacted with Keynote Speaker Bill Cordes during his “You Only Get What You Put In” program, which is designed to engage students, enrich school culture, and build relationships.
West High 2017 graduate, Aaron Willie, plays golf for Southeast Community College in Burlington, Iowa. He was named the Iowa Junior PGA player of the year for ages 16-18.
Truman Elementary students were treated to a “campfire” in the library where they read stories by flashlight and enjoyed s’mores. The activity was an example of hands-on learning experiences that build background knowledge and vocabulary while giving context to reading selections.
Creative Arts Academy (CAA) students spent the week of November 6th on their German American Heritage Center (GAHC) exhibit, Toys Through Time: A Peek in the Toy Box. Students worked in specific collaborative groups with designated functions, including marketing and technology, interactives and programming, exhibit design, objects, and research and labels. They worked as a large group to present and vote on title ideas and overall exhibit plan. A special opening event will be held later this month for parents and other invited guests.
North High’s rookie competitive robotics team, Interdimensional Robotics, with members, Zach Hirst, Joe Jackson, Jared Mangels, Trevor Voss, Logan Anderson, Zach Schocker, Nick Creger, Ronald Wilmont, Alec Siefert, Lacey Wendl, Tracy Tran, Joel Bender, Keifer Hammill, Zane Miller, and Sam Hirst, placed second in the team rankings. Placing above so many highly successful experienced teams is an impressive start for a rookie team.
Congratulations to the Davenport cheerleaders and dancers who competed at the State Solo Competition. Central High’s Jerzey Tyler-Sheppard, Garianna Clinton-Nelson, Madeline Sottos, Emma Logas, and Alyssa LaRoque earned Division I ratings for their solo performances. West High’s Leah Anderson, Ciara Klinghammer, T’Reaia Malone, Emily Monroe, and Mia Nelson also received Division I ratings. On Sunday, Central competed in the Team Union Regional Competition at Central College where they were recognized as Regional Champions in Prop and named as Runner-up in Pom and Jazz.