Students selected for national choir

Murphy Bolt, Marrissa Elliott and Kaitlin Stice, students at Rockridge High School, Taylor Ridge, Ill., were selected to sing with 300 high school girls from across the country in the American Choral Directors Association National High School Women’s Choir.

They were selected after completing an online singing audition. The National Choir will rehearse and perform March 13-16 at the National Convention in Dallas.

Choir director Curtis Fischer-Oelschlaeger, who was a member of the National Men’s Chorus in 1995, and student-teacher Colleen Bartiomoccia will attend the conference with the students.

Attorneys admitted to practice in Illinois

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride administered the attorney’s oath to 44 new lawyers who were admitted to practice in Illinois during ceremonies held Nov. 1 in Rock Island.

New attorneys from the Quad-City area include:

Colby Hathaway, Galva; Daniel Hardin, Illinois City; Leslie Day, Milan; Jessica Lance, Tomas Rodriguez, Brian Tunis and Allison VanNatta, all of Moline; Erin Lange, Orion; Greg Poci, Rock Falls; Peter Wenker, Rock Island; Ryne Takacs and Arynn Wassel, both of Bettendorf; and Nathan Woodward, Davenport.

Q-C podiatrist chosen to state of Iowa board

Dr. David Schroeder, Davenport, was elected to a three-year term on the board of the Iowa Podiatric Medical Society. Dr. Gregg Corrigan, Davenport, is a current member of the board.

The Iowa Podiatric Medical Society is the professional organization representing more than 135 medical and surgical specialists of the foot and ankle, located throughout the state of Iowa.

Bettendorf musicians selected for All-State

Bettendorf Community School District students were selected for these all-state music ensembles:

* Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra

Seventh grade: Jill Schenck, viola

Eighth grade: Donovan Klutho, violin; Ryoko Mogi, violin; Abby Weyman, cello

Ninth grade: Connor Folkman, viola; Karly Lent, bass; Marika Vi, violin

* Opus Honor Choir

Seventh grade: Halle Fish, soprano

Eighth grade: Elisabeth Kingery, alto; Molly Seybert, soprano

Ninth grade: JaMiracle Morant, alto; Isaac Thompson, tenor

* All-State Music Festival

Band: Jackie Blaum, 10th grade, clarinet

Orchestra: Andy Braught, 10th grade, bass

Choir: Sam Ruchotzke, 12th grade, tenor; Gage Pedersen, 11th grade, tenor; Alaina Berkenbosch, 11th grade, soprano; Hannah Montgomery, 11th grade, soprano; Ian Campbell, 10th grade, tenor; Lauren Day, 11th grade, alto alternate

Rotary Clubs donate dictionaries

The Mount Carroll (Ill.) Rotary Club and Savanna (Ill.) Rotary Club members presented dictionaries to 71 West Carroll Primary School third-graders Oct. 31.

Both clubs have sponsored the project for the past seven years.

Kaplan University honors 1938 grad

Lois Kelling Schultz, 92, of Davenport, was honored Oct. 29 during a celebration at Kaplan University, Davenport.

She is a 1938 graduate of the American Institute of Commerce, or AIC, now Kaplan University, where she starred on the AIC basketball team. She earned her degree in what was then called Commercial Work. Immediately after graduating, she obtained a job with a local doctor’s office, where she was employed for a year before moving on to the Rock Island Arsenal. She married her late husband Leonard in 1943 and has two daughters.

Schultz was invited to visit the campus, take a VIP tour and share her stories. She was surprised by copies of her transcripts, which had been in a vault for decades.

Skip-A-Long receives community garden

The United Way Women’s Leadership Council was able to turn a plot of land outside Skip-A-Long in downtown Rock Island into a garden that will serve more than 160 students and 65 families.

Along with a group of Day of Caring volunteers, the Women’s Leadership Council installed six beds that will be the foundation of the garden, which will provide fresh, nutritious food for families who cannot afford it. The project was done in partnership with the Tri-City Garden Club.

Teachers will use the garden as a tool to teach children about the importance of healthy eating and expand the curriculum to include reading books like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Children will learn how to make salad and how to use foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits.

Area 4-H members excel in national competition

Members of the Henry and Stark Counties 4-H livestock judging team represented Illinois on Nov. 2 at the American Royal 4-H Livestock Judging Contest in Kansas City, Mo. In June, the team earned first place at the Illinois 4-H state livestock judging competition to gain the right to complete at the national level.

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The team, coached by Dan Hoge, placed sixth overall with members Tyler Gradert, Geneseo; Elizabeth Heaton, Toulon; Blake Roselieb, Annawan; and Tyler Verbeck, Cambridge. The team also placed second in sheep, sixth in swine and third in reasons.

Heaton took home seventh-place individual overall honors, first in reasons, sixth in sheep and sixth in swine. Gradert placed second in reasons.

Contestants judged 10 classes of livestock containing four animals each. Classes included both breeding and market animals in beef, sheep/goat and swine divisions. In addition, contestants appeared before officials to present six sets of oral reasons.

North Scott Rotary adopts Fillmore Elementary

Members of the North Scott Rotary Club chose to adopt Fillmore Elementary School, Davenport, as a major project for the year.

The club has already begun providing school supplies and dictionaries, as well as new coats for students in need. The Rotarians also will assist students with reading and help with grounds and garden maintenance.

Funds to support the project came from the club’s fundraising efforts, donations from members and matching grants by the District Rotary Foundation.

The club meets at noon Fridays at the Best Western Plus Steeplegate Inn, 100 W. 76th St., Davenport. For more information, call 563-285-8784.

Student selected to honor society

Amanda Fuhr, Taylor Ridge, Ill., was nominated for the Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Only 8 percent of sociology undergraduate majors at the University of Iowa are eligible for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta. Membership allows students to expand their intellectual interests in sociology through events such as career workshops, regional and national meetings, topical seminars and academic competition.

Quad-Citians honored for their patriotism

The Exchange Club of the Quad-Cities honored six recipients of the Proudly We Hail Award at a recognition dinner Nov. 1.

The awards are given to individuals and businesses for their efforts and patriotism in displaying the nation’s flag.

This year’s individual recipients were: Dennis and Mary Gottwalt, Hampton, Ill.; Troy and Dawn Halverson, Moline; Larry and Jane Hipple, East Moline; Kim and Jean Pauley, East Moline; and Simon Sierra and Carol Near, East Moline.

Miltos Diakogeorgiou and Jose Zepeda, owners of The Windmill Restaurant, East Moline, accepted the business award for 2012.

The National Exchange Club, with its headquarters in Toledo, Ohio, is an all-volunteer, national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills and enjoy new friendships. For more information, call 309-797-5705.

Student participates in teaching programs

Tyler Harmsen, Bettendorf, a May graduate of the University of Notre Dame, participated in two summer learning programs, teaching in Boca Raton, Fla., and the African nation of Tanzania. He also studied a semester abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and was awarded an internship through the Keough-Naughton Irish Internship Program in Dublin, Ireland.

Upon graduation, he was accepted into the graduate program through the University of Notre Dame, Alliance for Catholic Education Program, and is teaching algebra at Mount St. Mary High School, Oklahoma City.