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The Mississippi Valley Blues Society chose Creative Arts Academy (CAA) and Central High Senior Charleston Balsar’s design as the official poster for the 2018 Mississippi Valley Blues Festival on July 6th and 7th. He received a framed print of his design along with a ticket for each day of the festival, a scholarship to a Figge art class, and a $200 cash prize. In addition, he will receive free merchandise featuring his design.
North High band student, Kameron Reed, has officially been accepted to the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) School of Music as a flute performance major. She will attend UNI beginning this fall and study with the flute professor, Dr. Angeleita Floyd.
On February 7th, Mid City Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) students toured John Deere World Headquarters to connect with business leaders and reinforce the idea that they are the future leaders of our society. Students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activity, learned about John Deere history, and enjoyed lunch in the executive dining room.
Several Central High students were chosen for awards from among the hundreds who entered the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition in Iowa. Honorable Mentions awards went to Rachael Downing, Taryn Hutcherson, Hayden Intveld, Isis Thiessen (photo unavailable), and Lucas Thompson. Braden Leon received a Silver Key for his Peter Rabbit totem sculpture, and Cole Foderberg received a Silver Key for his Acorn sculpture. Congratulations to all the winners!
While it was cold outside, the cafeterias throughout the district warmed things up inside by thinking tropical thoughts and hosting a Hawaiian luau, serving teriyaki chicken, rice, a variety of fruits and vegetables, and pineapple cakes. Staff wore leis and tropical clothing, decorated cafeterias, and some even played Hawaiian music for the students. Pictured: Hayes Elementary.
Central High’s Blue Vibrations show choir team took home second place in the Prep Division and won the Best Costumes in the Cedar Rapids “Mo Show” competition. Central Singers, Incorporated, finished second in class 4-A and qualified for finals for the third straight week. In the evening finals, they finished first runner-up, just three points away from Grand Champion. They also won Best Band for the second week in a row and won the award for Best Costumes. Junior CJ Parker won Best Male Soloist. In addition, five Central Singers, Incorporated, members performed in a solo competition. Junior Peyton Reese took home second with “See I’m Smiling,” and Junior CJ Parker won with his version of “Let Me Try.”
North High’s Brett Christian Rappel of Boy Scout Troop 664 in Davenport has achieved the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout. Brett has earned 27 merit badges during his 11-year scouting career and has held such leadership positions as patrol leader and senior patrol leader. His accomplishment in serving his community was to construct much-needed “mailboxes” for children at the Hope at the Brick House facility in Davenport. Brett led a team of 12 volunteers in constructing two mailbox areas where children can securely store important papers for taking home to parents. This project benefits the staff and the school community by providing better parent communication.
Congratulations to Central High swimmer, Andrew Shie, on his 10th place finish in the 100 Free and Central High swimmer, Seth Land, on his 10th place finish in the 50 Free at the state swim meet. Seth also placed 11th in the 100 Free.