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West STEM Students Pitch Kenya Water Filtration to State Leaders

West students at Capitol in Des Moines West High Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students traveled to Des Moines to interact with colleges and pitch their water filtration system for Kenya as part of the Governor’s STEM Council’s STEM Day at the Capitol. The students were invited to showcase the INSPIRE Academy project with the goal of updating Iowa lawmakers on Iowa STEM and to showcase hands-on, interactive, and student-focused learning innovations from across the state. Read more about the STEM Day at the Capitol here.

Central Students Study Iterative Process and Goldfish Behavior

Central students studying goldfish Students in Ms. Campbell’s and Ms. Gassner’s Central High science courses recently worked on their team building skills and understanding the iterative process. In their Earth and space class, students were challenged to build similar structures with different materials, which opened up candid conversations about fair versus equitable (pictured above left). Ms. Gassner’s class took on a similar project by building roller coasters. In their first unit of study, Central High Honors Biology students studied the behaviors of goldfish and their mass changes when placed in water with different salinities (pictured above right). They recorded and analyzed data to determine if goldfish were good osmoregulators.

North Exceeds Blood Drive Goal

Brett Rappel giving blood North High had their “Save a Heart” Blood Drive on Valentine’s Day and surpassed their goal for the second time this year, donating over 80 units of blood for the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. They had many exciting incentives for students such as a “send your sweetheart a Valentine” table, a hearts selfie station, and a Valentine’s themed bake sale. Wildcat Brett Rappel (pictured) kept it in the family and donated for the first time because his older brother did.

Central Student Named National Merit Scholarship Finalist

John McAtee at Central Congratulations to Central High’s John McAtee who was named as a Finalist in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The initial qualifier for the program was John’s 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®); to make it to this stage, John had to report current academic progress and submit his SAT scores. Finalists will be offered scholarships beginning in March.

West Athlete Selected for Academic All-State Basketball Team

Brett Erwin's campus photo Congratulations to West High’s Brett Erwin on being among the 24 athletes from across Iowa and the only Mississippi Athletic Conference athlete selected for the Academic All-State Team for basketball. Only seven Class 4A players made the team. Brett will join the other members of the All-State Academic Team at the Iowa Boys’ Basketball State Tournament on Friday, March 9th at 3:00 PM to be recognized before the Class 1A Iowa State Championship Game. This year’s team had an average ACT composite score of 29.5, GPA of 3.95, and a scoring average of 15.2.

Davenport Students Visit Capitol with Mid City Students Recognized by Iowa House

Mid City student with the governor Over 60 Davenport students participated in the annual President’s Day “Get on the Bus” trip organized by the Davenport School Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee. Students from all four high schools learned about the legislative process, asked questions of our local legislators, toured the Capitol and met Davenport student, Jack Jurgena, who is serving as a page in this year’s legislative session. Several students who had been previously involved in legislative advocacy called legislators out of session to discuss issues that were important to them and toured the House chambers. Mid City High students, Morgan Kurtz, Maddy Pineo, and Tyler Huntington were recognized for their work getting support for school funding equalization and mental health training bills, receiving recognition by Representative Phyllis Thede and a standing ovation from the House for their efforts.

North Student Selected to Attend National Leadership Conference

Ciarra Hasdintra campus photo Ciarra Hasdintra from North High has been invited to attend the 2018 National Student Leadership Conference at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, this summer. Ciarra is interested in expanding her knowledge and opening up opportunities to invest in her future in medicine and healthcare.

Central Alumna Chosen as ISU STATEment Maker

Vanessa McNeal headshot Congratulations to Central High alumna, Vanessa McNeal, who was chosen by the Iowa State University (ISU) Alumni Association as the 2018 STATEment Maker in the entrepreneurial category in celebration of her accomplishments and the countless ways she has contributed to her community. Vanessa is a blogger, public speaker, and documentary filmmaker.
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