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North High’s boys bowlers won the MAC conference title this year with a 7-1 record, and Central High’s coach, Wendy Allen, was named girls bowling MAC Coach of the Year. In addition, the following students made MAC all-conference teams:
Girls 1st Team: Central’s Donna Diggs and Amber Brewer
Girls 2nd Team: Central’s Maddie Smith and West’s Brooklyn Newman
Girls Honorable Mention: Central’s Grace Herington, North’s Taylor Leibold, and West’s Erica Henderson
Boys 1st Team: North’s Tyler McCumsey, Nate McMullen, and Brant Carter
Boys 2nd Team: Central’s Kevin Wayt and West’s Zach Hainline
Boys Honorable Mention: Central’s Josh Allen, North’s Cody Depardo, and West’s Ethan Dies
Congratulations to everyone!
Buchanan Elementary third-graders visited the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Lab at Buffalo Elementary where they had a blast learning about computer engineering, magnetism, electrical engineering, and using the virtual reality software.
Congratulations to Davenport’s qualifiers to the 2018 Iowa High School State Wrestling Tournament: Central High’s Levon Bellemy at 170 pounds and North High’s Dakota Wright at 195 pounds (pictured second from left).
The Central High robotics team, the Outlaws, competed in the League Championships, receiving second place in the Connect Award for their efforts in community outreach. This year, the Outlaws brought Lego robotics to communities in Guatemala and Haiti over the summer. The students made connections with community members in engineering, information technology, and applied science throughout the year, learning what it means to continue on in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields after high school. As a part of the team, the students also participated as presenters at St. Ambrose’s Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and were featured in the FIRST Lego League Championships at the Putnam Museum.
Buchanan Elementary had over 100 students and parents come out to their Math and Reading Tailgate Night on February 1st. The students enjoyed making a healthy snack provided by Pick a Better Snack, making pennants for their favorite team, and testing their knowledge with math and literacy games.
Walcott Elementary third-graders learned about robotics and built Art Bots for a week during STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) class. Their first challenge on Friday, the final build day, was to attach the wires to the motor and battery. After nearly 15 minutes, only one team had a working robot, but with assistance from Mrs. Blackburn and some seventh-graders, soon almost every team was able to get their bot working.
Mid City High Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) members, Morgan Kurtz, Maddy Pineo, Lily Bert, Tyler Huntington, Cameron Head, and Jade Arnold (students pictured left to right) attended a “Day of Advocacy” at the State Capitol in Des Moines. While there, they rallied for support of the Mental Health Training program by meeting with more than 20 state legislators and lobbyists. Mid City IYC students are optimistic that their bill is on its way to committee and eventual debate on the House and Senate floors.
Eighth-grade Creative Arts Academy (CAA) student, Brighton Hall, won two Gold Keys (top 5-7% of all entries) and one Silver Key (top 7-10% of all entries) for three poems in the Scholastic Writing Awards. She will be invited to the “Scholastic Celebration in Three Acts” to be held in the Iowa Memorial Union at the University of Iowa on March 10th. Congratulations, Brighton!