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BMS Students Selected for Opus Honor Choir

Six Bettendorf Middle School students were recently selected to participate in the 32nd annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Approximately 3,000 students were nominated by choir directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition.

Honor choir students include Ella Boehm, 6th grade; Jack Cockayne, 8th grade; Eva Fiedler, 6th grade; Jordyn Mitchell, 8th grade; Kate Scholl, 6th grade; Adelinn Williamson, 6th grade.

The 2018 Opus Honor Choirs will perform at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 at C.Y. Stephens Auditorium in the Iowa State Center in Ames, Iowa. The Opus Honor Choir Festival is made possible by the Iowa Choral Directors Association, Inc.

Wartburg inducts local student into Alpha Chi honor society

Nickolas Schwake, Bettendorf, was one of 19 new members recently inducted into the Wartburg College chapter of the Alpha Chi honor society.

Alpha Chi is a national honor society recognizing students who rank in the top 10 percent of the junior and senior classes.

Bettendorf Student takes Top Honor in Uncommon Scholarship Program

On Saturday, Oct. 13 in West Branch, Iowa, 15 high school seniors received recognition during the Uncommon Student Awards program presentation sponsored by the Hoover Presidential Foundation including Alton Barber of Bettendorf.

Each student was awarded $1,500 for their efforts and three were selected by a panel of judges for an additional $5,000 scholarship award. Barber was one of these three for his project, "Big Blue World."

"My program gives students in second through sixth grades with learning differences a chance to participate in FIRST robotics at the same level as any other team," Barber said. "My goal was for the students to have fun and get exposure to some basic robotics principles. Intense competition was not our goal, and we all got a lot out of the experience," he added.

The Uncommon Student Awards program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated. Any Iowa high school junior can apply by March 15.

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