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Who's in the news in Bettendorf, LeClaire and Pleasant Valley

Who's in the news in Bettendorf, LeClaire and Pleasant Valley

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Grassley nominates area students for academies

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley has nominated 33 Iowa students to be considered for appointments to the U.S. service academies.

Iowa members serving in the U.S. House of Representatives make nominations in addition to both of Iowa's U.S. senators. Students may receive more than one nomination.

Each year, Grassley nominates either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements with all academies — selecting at least one qualified student from these nominations. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy makes selections in proportion to states' representation in Congress.

Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of their junior year of high school. 

The nominees include these area students: 

U.S. Military Academy at West Point

LeClaire: Luke Jefferson

U.S. Naval Academy

Bettendorf: Ashish Abraham, Sophia Utsinger, Maria Vaaler

LeClaire: Julie Valenca

UI announces 2020 Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference team

Grace Necker, Spencer Smith and Konnor Sommer, all of Bettendorf, were among the more than 80 University of Iowa student-athletes to be named to the 2020 Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference team.


Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Bettendorf: Sarah Bartlett, Katherine Braught, Joshua Bump, Brittany Carlson, Zachary Corrigan, Courtney Dankert, Cole Finnegan, Haley Humphries, Emily Kirik, Vignesh Krishnan, Sarah Mendel, Alena Shoemaker

LeClaire: Stephanie Moore

Honor Roll

Black Hawk College, Quad-Cities Campus

Moline, Illinois

High Honors

Bettendorf: Wade Baffa, Kayla Freebern, Alexis Mulvehill, Grace Parker, Erica Smith, Benjamin Stelk, Kyle Stoddard


Bettendorf: Collin Feaster


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