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Central High’s Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students, along with their teacher, Mr. Porter, received an insider’s tour of all of the departments at Hy-Vee with the Director of Diversity, Mr. Timbo. In preparation for the tour, Mr. Timbo visited the iJAG class on January 5th and helped students design cover letters as part of the Employer Engagement model with iJAG. Students concluded the tour interviewing with Mr. Timbo. As a result of their hard work and self-discipline, four students were interviewed and all four were hired. Congratulations to Anayshia Hill, Joey Koenig, Isaiah Matthew, and Jazmine Rouse!
Garfield Elementary fourth-grader, Harrison Kiel, recently modeled Garfield PRIDE within our community by demonstrating empathy towards others by his act of caring. When Harrison’s aunt asked him what he wanted for Christmas, Harrison said that he did not want a gift, but wanted his aunt to make a donation to YMCA’s Camp Abe Lincoln because he really enjoys being at camp in the summer and wants everyone to be able to afford the opportunity.
North High band students performed in the Augustana Honor Band over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. They rehearsed for two days with other high school students from all over Iowa and Illinois and performed a concert on the night of the 15th. Congratulations to Takiya Wilson Mueller, Sabrina Duran, Annemarie Graham, Hallie Porter, Lauren Marquardt, Amanda Walljasper, Juan Rodriguez, Gavin Dodd, and Jillyan Henning!
Student leaders from the Worth Less campaign are renewing their efforts to fight for fair funding for all Iowa youth. About a dozen students from Davenport high schools attended the recent Scott County Legislative Forum to share their priorities with our state legislators, including support for Senate File 455 that provides school districts across the state with formula equality and transportation equity. The Worth Less campaign was instrumental in raising awareness to the issue and to the passage of SF 455 through the Senate last legislative session. This year, students will focus on getting the bill through the House of Representatives and signed in to law. Thank you, students, for your vision and leadership!
On the weekend of January 20th and 21st, ComedySportz hosted local QC high schools for the inaugural competition of its new High School League at the Establishment Theater. On Saturday the 20th, North High beat out Assumption and Moline to win top honors. On Sunday the 21st, West High won against North and Rock Island to take top honors. Great job to both teams for a “Davenport sweep” during the weekend events! We congratulate West’s team of Arissa Constantino, Ben Gabriel, Brandon Walker, Lily Hancock, Rebecca Casad, Renee Casad, Robbie Greve, and Serafina Kapanen; and North’s team of Pierce Howard, Rachel Bailey, Jacob Hansen, and Sophia Heller. And if you missed these two events, there are more opportunities to cheer on these students, with West hosting Moline on January 26th, and West hosting North on February 9th.
Army JROTC cadets, Anthony Mayuri, Brandon Coppinger, and Louis Nelson, worked diligently at the Rock Island Arsenal’s annual New Year’s reception at historic Quarters One. Lieutenant General Twitty (1st Army Commanding General) and Major General Gamble (Army Sustainment Command Commanding General) were very impressed by their professionalism.
Several Davenport orchestra students, listed below, were recently selected to perform at the Southeast Iowa String Teachers Association Honor Orchestra. Some of them advanced to the state level, denoted by an asterisk below, and were selected to perform with an orchestra of Iowa’s top 100 orchestra students in the Iowa String Teachers Association orchestra in February. Congratulations and good luck!
Anna Johns*, Holland Craig*, Aron Mitchell, and Cole Mitchell
Wood Intermediate Sixth Grade:
Wood Intermediate Seventh/Eighth Grade:
Logan Decklar, Viola, 8th Grade
Grace Follis, Viola, 8th Grade
Caleb Killing Matthew, Viola, 8th Grade
Tobias Jones, Bass, 8th Grade
Conner Alderson, Violin, 7th Grade
Aiden Sievers, Violin, 6th Grade
* denotes selected for state-level ISTA
Fillmore Elementary fifth-graders participated in the ribbon cutting to open the Health and Wellness Center at Biztown. The center adds another business to the many in Biztown where students spend a day learning hands-on about the world of economics and business. The Fillmore students were among many from Davenport and other area schools who participated in hands-on activities in the new center. (Photo courtesy of Quad-City Times). Go here to read the article.