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Congratulations to the Central High Marching Blue Devils, who were recently crowned 4A Champions at Clinton’s Music on the Mississippi competition in Clinton, Iowa. The Marching Blue Devils had the highest score in every single category.
Congratulations to the Davenport North Wildcat Marching Band for earning a Division I rating at the IHSMA State Marching Festival on Oct. 13th. This year the band performed a crowd pleasing show featuring the music of Bruno Mars, which included the songs “Uptown Funk,” “Locked Out of Heaven,” “That’s What I Like,” and “24K Magic.”
Congratulations to the West High Falcon Marching Band, who scored very well in the IHSMA State Marching Festival. Their superb performance earned them a Division I Superior Rating from ALL 5 Judges! Students received the highest score in the Marching and Maneuvering General Effect category that the band has ever seen, scoring 93 out of 100 in achievement.
Central High Senior Nia Walker has been named one of three grand prize winners of the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award! Nia’s project focused on improving the number of minority students taking Advanced Placement or “AP” courses at Central, promoting academic commitment in the Blue Devil community. Nia was initially named one of 15 finalists throughout Iowa, earning a $1500 monetary award. On October 13th, the judges named Nia one of three grand prize students, and presented her with an additional $5000 scholarship. Congratulations, Nia!
On Thursday, October 4th, Central High’s eSports team gathered for the first event in their competition series. eSports is a growing trend across the nation, engaging youth in team building activities, technology skill development, and leadership roles through a common interest in video gaming. At Central, the “Blue Devilz” eSports team operates as an extracurricular activity with 120 students competing. Students are assigned roles, learning broadcasting and other communication skills as well as the gaming technology. At Central’s first event of the season, gamers competed for the title of best Smash Brothers player and captain of the competitive team. Congratulations to Carter LaGrange on his victory!
Congratulations to the talented vocalists selected to the OPUS Honor Choir for the State of Iowa from over 1000 auditions. They will be part of the 180-member, state-wide OPUS Honor Choir concert on Thursday, November 15, at Iowa State University. Those selected include:
Central High: Jenna VanHoosier, Lilian Ferch, Toby Wood, Henry Justin, Nathan Kern, and alternates Kylen Phillips, Ben Beecher, and Peter McDonald.
North High: Trevor Milne, Holly Dalman, and alternate Emily Gisel
Walcott Intermediate: Isabel Sinksen
Wood Intermediate: Quentin Simmons, Evan Collins, Will Knight, Vivian Bonde, and Ella McMahon
Williams Intermediate: Reese Springsteen
Sudlow Intermediate: Jacob Fee
High school Industrial Tech students recently had the educational experience of visiting Birchwood Fields Learning Center, a project owned by University of Iowa, John Deere, and Russell Construction. The construction site will be the new Riverstone Headquarters and a 4-story building that will be the new headquarters of Ascentra Credit Union. During the on-site presentation, students learned about the different career paths and job opportunities available in today’s construction industry. They also learned about the educational path for such jobs, the cost of education, and steps that help graduates get a job in the trades.
On October 2nd, Steven W Kalber, MSN, RN, a Retired Clinical Assistant Professor from the Department of Nursing at St. Ambrose University, visited North High School to speak to a group of students interested in the field of nursing. Students really enjoyed the opportunity to talk with someone that had been a nurse, and learned about job possibilities in the nursing career field.
Congratulations to Mr. Sterling Kingery, Central High counselor, on being selected to present at the inaugural Regional School Counselor Academy at Western Illinois University’s Quad City campus. Mr. Kingery was selected based on his commitment to excellence and his experience in working with small groups on various topics in a school setting. At the event, Mr. Kingery will be leading area counselors in a session titled “Facilitating Small Group Interventions in Schools.”
West High welcomed the Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to the stage for an exceptional performance at West, thanks to the sponsorship of the Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Series. Members of the string quartet spoke to West students, explaining techniques and historical applications before performing pieces of music. Thanks to the Quartet for a great performance!