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Thirty-two elementary school students joined the North High cast and crew of Peter and the Starcatcher for a day of workshops and fun on December 2nd. These younger students participated in acting, singing, dancing, costuming, and makeup workshops, and then were special guest stars in the “Mermaid Song” during the play’s performance.
On December 1st, Smart Intermediate choirs performed at a benefit concert hosted by Davenport Chordbusters in Rock Island. This annual holiday concert raises money for the Churches United Food Pantry and is host to musical groups from around the Quad Cities. This year, the concert hosted twelve musical groups in a wide range of genres, including barbershop, gospel choir, doo-wop, men’s choir, women’s choir, handbell choir, bagpipes, a folk singer, and a mariachi band.
Congratulations to the Davenport high school dancers for their amazing results at the State Competition. Central High earned the State Champs title in Large School Coed, second place in Class VI Jazz, fourth place in Large School Prop, and sixth place in Class XIII Pom. North High dancers earned the State Champs title for the first time, in Class VI Jazz; they also placed eighth in Class III Lyrical and tenth in Class XIII Pom. West High placed fifth in Class IV Kick, eighth in Class III Contemporary, and eighth Class XIV Pom.
Seven Central High students, Aliza Oxyer, Valentine Chenus, Anne Cunningham, Duncan Copp, Shyisha Hodges, Monifah Ponton, and Hope VanPatten, were selected as student delegates to attend the 2017 Upper Mississippi River Conference. To be selected, these Honors Biology students submitted an essay, judged on knowledge, interest, and creativity, addressing how climate change is affecting the Mississippi River and their ideas for solving some of the problems. At the two-day conference, student delegates heard from experts on climate change, geology, meteorology, hydrology, engineering, infrastructure, and conservation. They also went on a bicycle tour and a walking tour of a local wetland.
Mid City Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates students took an interactive tour of John Deere Harvester Works, learning about various jobs in manufacturing and the importance of skilled trade careers. They also sat down with a panel of workers for a question and answer session regarding career choices and job readiness.
West High’s Mortal Combots robotics team was the winning alliance at the West Virginia State Championship. An alliance is made up of multiple teams collaborating in the robotics challenge. The Mortal Combots teamed up with Team 7 Sigma from Cincinnati, Ohio, and Supposable Thumbs from New Berlin, Wisconsin. Congratulations to them all!
The North High wrestling team earned third place at the Dick Mellinger Invitational in Burlington. They also had several individual place winners, including two Champions, Eleazar Valerio and Noah Schoephorster; four second place winners; and two third place winners.
The Truman Elementary Parent Teacher Association sponsored a “Change to Make a Change” project. Students and staff brought in their spare change to purchase hygiene items and create kits for the Davenport Community Food Pantry. Several local businesses helped donate items, including Thrivent Financial, Pediatric Dentist, Lifetouch, Sam’s Club, Hy-Vee, Comfort Inn, Knights Inn, Staybridge Suites, La Quinta Inn, Hampton Inn, Riverside Dentistry, Crow Valley Dental, and Davenport Health Department.