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Congratulations to Central High’s Ms. Joni Nelson on becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. In order to achieve this career milestone, Ms. Nelson went above and beyond the state of Iowa’s licensure requirements. She had to produce videos and artifacts that demonstrated her advanced knowledge and skills in her area of certification (science), as well as complete a rigorous computer-based assessment.
On December 12th, John Arnold, West High science teacher, took 19 of his Anatomy and Physiology students to visit one of the three cadaver labs St. Ambrose has in its science building. Students were able to view a cadaver and apply hands-on learning to topics they’re studying in class.
Mid City High’s “Men of Integrity” group in collaboration with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated’s local chapter hosted their first Teen Forum on Healthy and Positive Teen Relationships, featuring Jovien Smith, Mid City student and local teen poet. The topics of focus were patience, respect, commitment, and trust.
Central High’s varsity team of Rafe Sullivan, Zeke Wynsma, LaDella Gallagher, Sylvia Cruz, and Drew Thompson were named Eastern Iowa Regional History Bowl Champions and qualified for nationals. In addition, Central High Freshman Asher Leveridge placed third in the History Bee competition, Freshman LaDella Gallagher qualified for nationals in the U.S. History Exam, and Sophomore Rafe Sullivan qualified for nationals in the Geography Olympiad. Congratulations to them all!
West High Vocational Welders built three lighted snowflake pieces for VanderVeer Park’s holiday display. The largest piece was nine feet tall and eight feet wide; all three provided a great family photo opportunity throughout the holiday season.
On January 6th, 99 Davenport students, representing all intermediate and high schools, traveled to Fairfield, Iowa, along with hundreds of other band students from Southeast Iowa, to participate in auditions for the Southeast Iowa Band Association (SEIBA) Honor Band. These Davenport students went above and beyond what is expected of them. They practiced advanced musical etudes and scales and demonstrated high levels of musical ability. Their hard work for this audition will continue to pay dividends toward their bright musical futures. A total of 38 students (listed below) were selected after the daylong auditions. The 19 intermediate and 19 high school students for SEIBA Honor Band have only two weeks to practice the music they received on Saturday. Then they will have one day of rehearsal and perform a concert at Iowa City West High School on Saturday, January 20th.
Mid City High alumnus, Eric Harris, graduated from the Production MIG Welding program at Blackhawk College on December 14th. Eric received a full-ride scholarship to complete the six-week intensive program through Deere & Co., and Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates sponsored the required welding gear. Eric finished the course with 100% attendance and great recommendations from his instructors. Mid City staff attended Eric’s graduation ceremony to celebrate his success. Eric will next have the opportunity for a job with Deere & Co. Congratulations, Eric!
The 4th Quad City Rock Academy Battle of Bands was held December 8th at the Village Theater in the Village of East Davenport with more than 550 attending, the largest crowd ever. The band, VanderVeer, with two members from the district – Sydney Nelson, Central High senior, who plays guitar and Kayla Masakowski, North High senior, who plays bass guitar and serves as the band’s lead singer – won the event. VanderVeer has played over 100 gigs in its three and a half year history, including Tug Fest, River Roots, and Bix. The band has an original song released on SoundCloud, “You with Her,” and will be recording two new originals: “The Letter X” and “Baby Blu.” (Pictured from left: Sydney Nelson (Central), Nathan Sueeter (Assumption), Kayla Masakowski (North), and Jaydon Biles (North Scott))