Davenport North High School

Davenport North High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series

DAVENPORT NORTH High School has selected these outstanding seniors:


MOLLY EMMERT, daughter of Shane and Polly Emmert of Davenport, plans to major in nursing at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Governor's Scholar Recognition Recipient

• National Honor Society

• 4.0 GPA

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I have had many memorable classroom experiences throughout my four years at North High School. The one that I remember the most was during my sophomore year in my TAG class. Everybody in the class worked on a group project throughout the term. I was in a group of three and every Thursday we would go to the gym and play games and talk with the special education students. I personally got to know each of the students in that class and I really enjoyed it. They taught me that we all have something in common, want to feel special, and want to fit in. I made lifelong friends during that time and it will always be something that I remember.

RACHEL LUONG, daughter of Giao Luong and Cong Tra of Davenport, plans to major in diet and exercise at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• National Honor Society

• George Washington Carver Recipient at Iowa State University

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom learning experience that I will remember forever is my Anatomy and Physiology class. It was great being in a classroom where all the students wanted to learn. Our teacher, Mrs. McCreery, taught us in a way we could easily learn. We took notes, but also had lots of hands-on experience. We had multiple competitions in the class, dissected a cow's eyeball and a sheep's heart, and even went to the cadaver lab at St. Ambrose University where we got to examine human bodies. This class was really fun and it's also one of the reason that I chose to major in diet and exercise.

The Arts

HUNTER BELL, son of Amanda Bell of Davenport, plans to major in secondary education at St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Top achievements:

• Associate's degree from Scott Community College

• Best of Show at Quad-City Arts Festival of Trees

• Living Lands and Waters award for use of Recycled Materials Award (2016) and Most Whimsical Award (2017) from the Quad-City Arts Center.

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One lesson I will take away from the classroom comes from Mr. Schaeffer, my art instructor. I was never a very organized person, quite frequently losing little scraps of artwork or sketchbook pages, but after taking his classes I realized just how important organization can be. From online documents to physical artworks, he exemplified for me just how easy and convenient it is to be prepared and put together. He taught me how to document, photograph, and sort out the work that I did, both academic and art related, as well as guiding me to success artistically. This is an experience I will never forget, and for that I am thankful.

NIKOLAS LaMAACK, son of Kelly and Mark LaMaack of Davenport, plans to major in theater and dance at Columbia College, Chicago.

Top achievements:

• State Thespian Officer under the Educational Theatre Association

• Performing

• Helping to found Wood Intermediate's Drama Club

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My experiences with Mrs. La Corte, the theater teacher at North has truly impacted my life. As a freshman in drama club, I was lucky to be able to play the role of Motel Kamzoil in "Fiddler on the Roof." Through this experience, Mrs. La Corte and I had a very impactful conversation. In it she talked about me truly deserving the role and how I need to work hard to be able to portray the role well. In other words, I needed to work hard to perform well. This conversation has stuck with me and has pushed me to work hard to achieve even my biggest aspirations in life. Mrs. La Corte is a prime example of how an arts educator can make the most positive impact on any of their students


LISA DOAN, daughter of Thanh Le of Davenport, plans to major in chemistry at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Dual enrollment

• National Honor Society

• Ambassadors

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: An unforgettable learning experience I will remember forever would have to be in my French courses. The instructor made it easier to learn a new language and made sure that we would all understand the material. During my third year of taking French, I had schedule conflicts and instead of letting me not take a French class that year, she offered me to do independent study. I am a very independent learner. I tend to do a lot better learning new ideas on my own and asking questions when needed. The experience of independent study allowed me to learn the language at my own pace and keep up with my other courses. I will remember my experience of learning French in and out of the classroom forever because the instructor believed in me and knew that I would be able to learn without being in the classroom.

BAILEY TUTTLE, daughter of Chad and Kristina Tuttle of Davenport, plans to major in animal science at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• Dual graduation program

• Valedictorian

• Color Guard captain

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I took AP Biology my senior year and the environment within that class was fantastic. It really cultivated my dream to get into the veterinary field. My teacher, Mrs McCreery, was the best I have ever had in the twelve years I've been at school. She not only helped me grow as a student, but also as a person. For that I will be forever grateful. I was able to learn, be curious, and excel in the field of my choice. I have been fascinated with biology and animal sciences since I was a little girl and being able to be apart of a course like that was very influential in helping me to decide my future goals. I will definitely remember that experience forever.


LYNDY HOLDT, daughter of Adam and Michelle Holdt of Davenport, plans to major in biology at the University of Dubuque.

Top achievements:

• First Honors

• Academic All-Conference, all sports

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: When I was a freshman, I took Honors English I with Mr. Ryan Christensen. There were two parts to this class, I loved the reading, but I hated the writing. I also never thought I was good at writing, I didn't think I could make words flow right and nothing I had written for the class ever sounded good to me. We had to write an argumentative paper for the class as our final paper, it was a large project with multiple drafts, reviewing, etc. When I received my grade and the comments from Mr. Christensen, it was something I'll always remember. He complimented my writing skills and how much they've improved, but more importantly he told me I saw the world through a different lens, that I had the ability to go out and change the world. I'm a senior and have not forgotten those words since then.

ANTHONY DeSALVO, son of Rodney and Julie DeSalvo of Davenport, plans to major in engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• University of Iowa presidential scholarship

• Leading the Worth-Less Campaign for student funding equity

• Student Body president

Describe at classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I'll never forget my Calculus class in my junior year. There's not one specific moment that will stick out in my head, but in that class I got to be myself and learn about topics that I was deeply invested in. I was encouraged to challenge myself, and my teacher, Mrs. Buckley, was not afraid to push me to my limits. I'll never forget the greatest moments of that class, from the funny ones with my classmates, to some of the hardest tests I've ever taken. All of these memories come together to make up my absolute favorite classroom experience in high school.

Math/The Sciences

JACOB WELLS, son of Steve Wells and Kate Wells of Davenport, plans to major in biomedical sciences at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• “5” on AP Calculus exam

• 5th place, state Science Bowl as team captain

• Dean's List with dual graduation classes

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In my time at North, I have had countless amazing classroom experiences. The classes that I’ll never forget though will be AP Calculus with Mrs. Buckley, AP Statistics with Mrs. Schmid, and multiple advanced science classes with Mrs. McCreery. From the funny moments and inside jokes shared with classmates to the feeling of satisfaction after finally understanding a super tough topic, I will always have terrific memories of these classes. These classes taught me to challenge myself and to always stay curious. My experiences also showed me that hard classes are as enjoyable as they are difficult. It seemed that as the classes got harder, the stronger the bond was between the students and the teacher. My life will forever be changed because of the impact these classes and teachers have had on me.

JERRY RIDENHOUR, son of Wendy Ridenhour and Dean Ridenhour of Davenport, plans to major in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, Ames.

• “5” on AP Calculus exam

• 5th place, state Science Bowl

• Cross country, soccer team captain

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will never forget the day I took the AP Calculus exam. Before the test, our class was having a last minute cram session in Mrs. Buckley's room. We were hastily writing all the things we learned in a whole year, in about 30 minutes. What makes me remember it so well is that we were all nervous, but were making it fun. We had our shoes off, we were getting on top of desks, pacing the room, and laughing off our anxiety with whatever means we could think up.

Vocational Education

BRENDEN GOELLNITZ, son of Brenda Goellnitz and Michael Goellnitz of Davenport, plans to major in mechanical engineering at University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Top achievements:

• Dual graduation

• Top of 2016 Vocational Welding class

• Swim team captain

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One of the most memorable experiences of my years in high school was being in the Vocational Welding program at West High School. The teacher, Mr. Zinn, has taught me many skills such as; always being on time, being prepared for anything, and how to work as a team with those around me. These skills will stick with me throughout my life as I continue my education and proceed into the working field as a Mechanical Engineer

Young Journalist

MARCUS BLANKS, son of Terrill Blanks of Davenport.

Top achievements:

• Being a writer for North Wildcat Word

• Working part-time and in school

• Wrote articles regarding Bill Clinton, football and movie reviews

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: It's really hard picking one experience in school that I'll never forget because there's been a lot! A classroom experience I believe I will never forget and remember forever is honestly every day in my Newspaper class just because one of my favorite teachers, Mrs. Grimesey. The whole entire 2016-17 year, I've been in her class and we've had plenty of memories in there. We went from activities like charades to going to the Q-C Times and seeing everything in the works to eating Popeyes in class just for a little taste test. Just being in there at first not knowing anybody to the first semester ending and knowing mostly everybody and having the fun we did was a big memory in itself. Having Jason, Zo, Keshun and everybody else crack a joke once and awhile having everybody laughing was fun to be around all the time and won't be forgotten.


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