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Congratulations to North High senior band member, Sabrina Duran, for being awarded a $2,000 per year music scholarship to Augustana College. As part of her scholarship requirements, Sabrina will take clarinet lessons and participate in the band program.
On Saturday, March 31st, the Marine Corps Junior Reserves Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) program participated in a drill competition at North High in Des Moines, Iowa, completing seven different events throughout the day. MCJROTC won first place overall, bringing home a total of nine trophies. Pictured: West High Senior Cadet Captain Domenic Murphy holding the overall first place trophy.
From March 15th through March 20th, the West High bands traveled to Orlando, Florida, to compete in the OrlandoFest Competition. The Festival Concert Band and Jazz Band performed for three judges in the two-day festival. Both the Concert Band and Jazz Band placed first in their divisions, and the Concert Band was named overall Grand Champion.
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Eisenhower Elementary third-grade students in Miss Determan’s class researched and presented historical figures in their own Wax Museum. Parents and staff members were invited to the classroom where the wax figures came to life to talk about their historical figure.
Two of Mr. Schellenberg’s Construction Tech I students, Elliott Wentz and Maya Williams, at Mid City High built four garden benches for Buffalo Elementary’s new Community Garden project. They found acceptable plans online, received approval from Buffalo Principal Ms. Gilliland, developed a materials list, and built the benches following the online instructions.
Karissa Olive, Alexis Poehls, Lacey Wendl, and Julia Kopp (pictured above, left to right) represented North High and presented with Mrs. McCreery at the State Water Conference in Ames, Iowa, on March 22nd. They did a wonderful job and represented North and Davenport well, inspiring others to be part of the Watershed Project North piloted this year. Several people commended them on their speaking skills following their presentation.
During spring break, the Central High girls’ track and field team traveled to Iowa City for their first outdoor meet, finishing 4th behind State-ranked Iowa City, Bettendorf, and Mt. Pleasant and well ahead of North Scott and Muscatine. Lea Grady (pictured) won the discus throw and broke a 40-year-old school record with the longest throw in the state this season. Other highlights included 4th place in the 4-by-400 relay by Nakaya Faison, Elizabeth Barfels, Mackenzie Brown, and Taquashia Brown; 4th in the 400 hurdles by Kara Jakubsen; 2nd in the 4-by-200 relay by Nacari Bryant, Faison, M. Brown, and Aiyana Brown-Taylor; 2nd in the 4-by-100 relay by Jakubsen, Hailee Rewerts, Jada Baker, and Brown-Taylor; and 1st and 2nd, respectively, in the shot put by Cindy Garcia-Flores and Lea Grady.
West High’s Dusty Beehler created a game for INSPIRE Academy at the school called Super Smith. It was a huge hit at the Kansas City regional and Cedar Falls regional FIRST Robotics Competitions. In the game, Mr. Smith, Industrial Tech Teacher at West, catches falling items while dodging mini versions of Mr. Brosius and Mr. Franzenburg, other West teachers. Download the game from GitHub here.