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Q-C rowers break records at Boston regatta

Y Quad-Cities rowers recently participated along with more than 10,500 competitors from 30 countries at the Head of the Charles regatta in Boston.

Pleasant Valley High School sophomore Delaney Evans and senior Caroline Sharis won the women’s youth double by a record margin of 43.2 seconds. Their winning time of 17:47.57 beat the previous course record set in 2010 by Elizabeth Sharis and Beth Baustian by 71.8 seconds. It was Caroline Sharis’ third consecutive win in the event.

A second junior duo of Pleasant Valley sophomores Taylor English and Emma Mask finished third, less than 10 seconds after the Dutch national champions.

In the college division of the open championship eights, Elizabeth Sharis stroked the Stanford University eight that placed second behind the NCAA champions from the University of Washington.

Recent Davenport Assumption graduate Annie Phillips competed with a Boston University crew that came in second in the championship lightweight eights.

Dr. Peter Sharis received his 12th Head of the Charles title as his master’s 40-plus crew, consisting of past and present U.S. National Team members, won by 16 seconds.

Bettendorf students to play with

Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra

Students from Bettendorf Middle School and Bettendorf High School were recently selected to play at the Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra Festival Nov. 17 at Iowa State University, Ames.

Selected students from across the state participate in one of two orchestras during the festival. Each orchestra has about 90 students, with the majority in eighth- and ninth-grades. Some advanced seventh-grade students were also selected.

The following students were selected:

Violin: Rayanne Brackey (BHS), Ryan Harris (BHS), Emmersen Haugland (BHS), Audrey Scarlett (BMS), Rober Schwan (BMS), Skylar Fausett-Nonnenman (BMS), Grace Schuetz (BMS), Rebeca Garza-Doty (BMS), Andrea Koehler (BMS), Carter Wolf (BHS)

Viola: Emma Cleveland (BMS), Kaitlynn Flick (BHS), Carolyn Kress (BMS)

Cello: Isabelle Appel (BMS), Vicki Davis (BHS), Stephanie Rice (BHS)

Bass: Ava Abbott (BHS)

Alternates: Aidan Goerdt (BHS), Ella Kilstrom (BHS)

Bettendorf student to serve as peer mentor at ISU

Isis Devalle of Bettendorf, will serve as a peer mentor for the Connect Four learning community in the College of Human Science at Iowa State University for the 2017-2018 academic year. Connect Four is designed for students of color. As a peer mentor, Devalle will help new students in Connect Four succeed by introducing them to campus resources and opportunities, helping them build relationships, modeling successful behavior, serving as a sounding board, and coordinating social and learning activities.

Devalle is studying apparel, merchandising and design at Iowa State.

Nearly all new students in the Iowa State University College of Human Sciences participate in learning communities which help new students adapt to campus life and academics. The first-year college retention rate for students who participate in a learning community is 8 percent higher than for those who don't. The six-year graduation rate is 12 percent higher.

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