It wasn't exactly a sports event, but Davenport Central on Monday won its first skit competition at this year's kickoff to the Student Hunger Drive.
Students from 17 Quad-City high schools will stage food drives from now until Nov. 9, and donate well more than 300,000 pounds of food to River Bend Foodbank, Davenport. The food bank, in turn, donates the food throughout a 22-county area in Illinois and Iowa.
But in Davenport, about 200 high school students staged a skit competition, which Central won by four points over Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf. In third place was North Scott High School, Eldridge.
Central students Sophia Lamantia, and Hailee Rewerts chose popular rap-style music and wrote special lyrics for the one-minute routine which featured Mathew Prior. "We wanted it to be upbeat," Hailee said.
The hunger drive's executive director, Liz Treiber, introduced the program with a moment of silence, she said for victims of Sunday night's shootings in Las Vegas, as well as for recent hurricanes on the mainland and in Puerto Rico.
But the high school kids were upbeat and loud, excited about presenting the skits, and about the task ahead of them.
Grace Sampson, a sophomore from North Scott, is one of two Student Ambassadors for this year's drive. She said the drive is a way to be involved with kids she often does not see.
"With the community's support, we'll work to end hunger here in the Quad-Cities," she said.
A second Student Ambassador is Ryan Longenecker, of Bettendorf High School. Longenecker wants to give back to the community, he said, adding that hunger is an issue across the Quad-Cities.
"It's a really important cause to fight for, Longenecker said.
The food bank's executive director, Mike Miller, said 13,390 children in Scott and Rock Island counties don't know where their next meal is coming from. There are 40,000 people of all ages who are food insecure.
"Think of your own classroom; there are kids in there who are hungry," he said.
Grace and Ryan, the Student Ambassadors, launched a new event, a "Glow Dance," to be held before the hunger drive ends.
For its efforts in the skit contest, Davenport Central won 2,000 pounds of food, giving it a head start in the friendly competition.