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Four Bettendorf students earn spots in

Young Musician's Honor Band

Bettendorf Community School District students were chosen to play in the Young Musician's Honor Band Feb. 17 in Cedar Rapids.

Selected students were Robert Matera, Bettendorf Middle School; Daniel Winkler, Hoover Elementary; Emma Pearson, Wood Elementary; Heath Leone, Bettendorf Middle School.

Band directors nominated the four students, who were selected from more than 500 nominations.

Local rower wins world indoor title

Delaney Evans, a Y Quad-Cities rower, recently competed in the World Indoor Rowing Championships in Alexandria, Virginia. Evans won the U19 lightweight event with a time of 7:16.4, her personal best by more than five seconds.

In the previous three consecutive years, Y Quad-Cities rowers have taken a world indoor title. Emily Delleman won the U19 open event in 2016, and Caroline Sharis and Annie Phillips won in the U19 and U23 lightweight events.

Evans is a sophomore at Pleasant Valley High School.

Bettendorf student receives DMACC scholarship

Des Moines Area Community College Foundation recently awarded scholarships for the spring semester. Lacey Clark, of Bettendorf, received the Walter and Lucile Murken Memorial Endowment of $400. Clark is studying liberal arts at DMACC.

Gehrmann earns Gold Award

MaryTherese Gehrmann of Bettendorf has achieved the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, by painting a mural in the Davenport CASI Senior Center.

"A Mural to Remember" is designed to refresh memories for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The artwork is based on Iowa scenery and includes bright flowers and trees to stimulate brain activity.

“My favorite moments about painting was when patients would stop and suddenly tell me stories,” she said. “Patients who struggled to remember simple life facts would stop to tell me stories of their childhood that they remembered because of the mural.”

MaryTherese has created a brochure about her project and the method of visual stimulation to assist decision makers at nursing homes.

The daughter of Carol and Phillip Gehrmann, she attends Bettendorf High School.

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