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Mid City High alumnus, Eric Harris, graduated from the Production MIG Welding program at Blackhawk College on December 14th. Eric received a full-ride scholarship to complete the six-week intensive program through Deere & Co., and Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates sponsored the required welding gear. Eric finished the course with 100% attendance and great recommendations from his instructors. Mid City staff attended Eric’s graduation ceremony to celebrate his success. Eric will next have the opportunity for a job with Deere & Co. Congratulations, Eric!
The 4th Quad City Rock Academy Battle of Bands was held December 8th at the Village Theater in the Village of East Davenport with more than 550 attending, the largest crowd ever. The band, VanderVeer, with two members from the district – Sydney Nelson, Central High senior, who plays guitar and Kayla Masakowski, North High senior, who plays bass guitar and serves as the band’s lead singer – won the event. VanderVeer has played over 100 gigs in its three and a half year history, including Tug Fest, River Roots, and Bix. The band has an original song released on SoundCloud, “You with Her,” and will be recording two new originals: “The Letter X” and “Baby Blu.” (Pictured from left: Sydney Nelson (Central), Nathan Sueeter (Assumption), Kayla Masakowski (North), and Jaydon Biles (North Scott))
On December 15th, West High’s Tyler Malone was named ABC of Iowa State Welding Champion at a Des Moines competition, and Grace Wigal finished in sixth place. In addition, Hector Galvan and Garrett Pikesh, who are enrolled at West from North as members of the Vocational Welding Program, finished third and fifth, respectively. Congratulations to them all!
Central High hosted Andrew O’Dwyer from Carlow County, Ireland, on December 15th. Andrew is on a student exchange at St. Ambrose studying English and history with the intent of teaching high school in Ireland. Davenport Sister Cities maintains a relationship with the Twin Towns of Carlow County and is supporting O’Dwyer’s visit, including educating on local organizations and destinations. Central High was selected for the scope of their foreign exchange programs and the reputation of their award-winning Advanced Placement coursework, including in English and history. Many thanks to Ms. Wurdinger, Mr. Duvall, Mr. Flaherty, and Ms. Keck for supporting the visit and representing the school as an international model for Advanced Placement coursework!
At the Genesis Shootout, Davenport’s three teams drove an Iowa win, settling a cross-state rivalry for one more year. Central, North, and West High competed with 14 teams from across the region at Augustana College, sweeping the first three games. In Round 1, Central High beat Riverdale 61-56; in Round 2, West High beat the Geneseo Maple Leafs 74-44; and in Round 3, North High beat Alleman 72-58. See KWQC’s event coverage here. Congratulations on this historic accomplishment!
Ms. Adams’ sewing students at Walcott Intermediate made and delivered pillowcases to the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital as Christmas presents. Twelve students even surprised their teacher each day with extra pillowcases they decided to make at home on their own time with their own fabric. When it came to gift bagging the pillowcases, a couple of girls personally purchased candy and books to add to each gift.
North High teacher, Ms. Tangen, and her Sports Marketing class, along with help from Business teacher, Mr. Verdon, organized a charity week for their school. Students went out into the community and raised over $4,000 to complete a week of activities, including singing holiday songs to residents of local nursing homes, giving blood at the blood drive, making 1,840 sandwiches for area homeless shelters, and donating money to Brittney’s Gifts, to anti-bullying programs for elementary schools, and to help buy winter clothing to help those in need.
Congratulations to Central High students, Anthony Jack and Alexia Moore, talented musicians who will be performing in the 2018 Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California, with the Davenport Iowa Corps Salvation Army Marching Band.