Davenport West High School

Davenport West High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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DAVENPORT WEST High School has selected these outstanding seniors:

 Academics

Y DAVID DONG, son of Milly Nguyen and Thien Dong of Davenport, plans to major in computer science at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Governor's Scholars Recognition Award

• ACT score of 32

• Academic Honors

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I remember the first time we looked at slides through a microscope. It was the wing of an insect which looked transparent and smooth, but under the microscope was covered with hairs that helped it fly. I realized how detailed and fascinating this hidden world was and I wanted to delve further into the world of science. I wanted to answer the question of 'Why are things the way they are?"

KAILEY FELLNER, daughter of Kasey Fellner and Chris Fellner of Blue Grass, plans to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• ACT score of 30

• Lead 2 robotics teams to World Championships

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In our capstone engineering class, we participated in FIRST Robotics Competition. Our team (Disruptive Innovation) operated with a small business startup mentality incorporating four different career pathway classes. We are the first team in Iowa, and possibly the nation, to function like this. We made a robot that is 2 ft tall, 3 ft wide, and 3 ft long. Despite weighing 150 pounds, it can still climb a rope on its own. The class has taught me soft skills I will need for my career, such as leadership and team work. I've learned mechanical skills, and how to operate various machines. Our team advanced to the World Championship by winning Rookie-All Star at the Iowa Regional!

The Arts

KATELYN COX, daughter of Michelle and Matthew Cox of Davenport, plans to major in art education at Scott Community College, Bettendorf.

Top achievements:

• 1st Place Federal Junior Duck Stamp 2016-2017

• 1st Place Federal Junior Duck Stamp 2017-2018

• Juror's Choice Award, Quad-City Arts

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In Mr. Lehn's A.P. art class he made it clear to me that I need to try my hardest to be the first 5 at West High School. I sat in a desk right next to the chalk board, so he drew a ridiculous image of a 5 with circles around it and even included arrows pointing to it to motivate me everyday when I came into art class.

BAILEY TURNER, son of Kelly Luedt and Shane Turner of Walcott, plans to major in graphic design at Clinton Community College.

Top achievements:

• I achieved a diploma and I am going to college

• Helped create Digital Arts Club

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My first day in Mr. Chad Wolf's class I learned that I love Graphic design and met a great teacher that would support me in my goal to become a Graphic Designer. Because of him I have taken every class that involves graphic design: computer graphics 1 and 2, Computer graphics and printing, Motion Graphics, Photography, and advanced photography. I thank Davenport West because I have found what I love to pursue in a career. I thank my teachers for all that they have taught me over the years, especially thank Chad Wolf Because without him I might not have pursue my dream.

Humanities

WYLIE HALFERTY, son of Mike and Heidi Halferty of Stockton, plans to major in mortuary science at Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Illinois.

Top achievements:

• Iowa Senate page

• Student Senate president

• National Honor Society president

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A learning experience that I will remember forever is my experience as an Iowa Senate page during the second semester of my senior year. The hands-on learning taught me more about how our government works than I could ever learn in a classroom. I had the opportunity to connect with many influential mentors and I gained many new friendships. This experience has expanded my interest in politics, and I would like to run for a public office in the future. Overall, the Page Program was a great learning experience that I will remember forever.

LORENA ESTEFANIA, daughter of Celerina Contreras and Gildardo Estefania of Davenport, plans to major in psychology at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• 6 hour college credit Intermediate Spanish

• 16 hours college credit AP Spanish

• Ranked at top of class

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Best classroom learning experience is learning about other countries in Mrs. Lipnick's AP Spanish Class

Leadership

COLE FLACK, son of Sheri and Steven Flack of Blue Grass, plans to major in choral music education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Top achievements:

• 4.0 GPA

• Senior Class president

• Assistant director of preparatory show choir

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: This year, I was an assistant director for the preparatory show choir. During this year, I taught the students in the group music, cleaned choreography, helped the director with on with side jobs. this was a great experience for my future in the choral education field. Being able to interact with students and having them look up to as a great leader. Telling students that they need stride to accomplish the best. The one experience I noticed was being able to see the students grow as performers, and students in the classroom. From the beginning to the end of the year is a whole new person that I can see that I have made an impact on.

ABBIE KOBERG, daughter of Kirk and Stacey Koberg of Walcott, plans to major in business/accounting at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• Senior Class officer

• Student Senate vice president

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A learning experience that I will never forget is all my four years in student senate. Student Senate puts on homecoming along with the annual variety show in the spring. This class teaches you a lot about leadership and responsibility. In this class you have to call around to business to ask them to donate to your charity. It takes a lot of guts to not be shy and call around. This class not only taught me a lot of leadership, but it also made me get out of my comfort zone. I am very thankful that I got the opportunity to be apart of student senate. I would recommend anyone coming into high school to take student senate.

Math/The Sciences

ERIKA KURIGER, daughter of Therese Kuriger of Blue Grass, plans to major in finance/accounting at Drake University, Des Moines.

Top achievements:

• 2017 Governor's Scholar Recognition Program

• Earned 9 college credits through concurrent enrollment classes

• 3.97 GPA

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: During the first term of my senior year, I was enrolled in a concurrent credit Financial Accounting class. I had taken the prerequisite for the course, but many of my classmates had not. I was familiar with the techniques used in the course and adapted well to the new knowledge presented. Often in the course, I was asked questions about the content by my peers. This course shaped my career path because I realized I had a passion for accounting and others noticed my talent. I successfully completed the course with a high A and it furthered my interest in the mathematics/finance and guided me with my future plan.

NOAH DOUGLAS, son of Greg Douglas and Rachel Seibert of Davenport, plans to major in electrical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Captain of school FTC robotics team, which qualified for World Championship

• Robot Driver of first FRC team at West High School, which also qualified for World Championship

• 20+ hours of college credits

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Through my work in the West High robotics team I have had the life changing opportunity of traveling to Kenya to do outreach work. Our team went for two weeks last summer and impacted 1000 students and 100 teachers. We were able to teach students solar energy, work with teachers on improving classroom techniques, and our trip concluded with us hosting a robotics competition where 8 teams from around the country competed to be the best team in Kenya. I was only able to experience this because of West High's incredible engineering and robotics program. This amazing engineering program has given me a great idea of what to expect in the real world as an electrical engineer.

Vocational Education

ADAM McKOWN, son of Teresa McKown and Rich McKown of Davenport, plans to major in accounting at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Top achievements:

• Creating a successful marketing strategy for our school newspaper

• Earning concurrent credit through our business department classes Financial Accounting and Principles of Marketing

• 3.98 GPA

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One learning experience I will always remember took place during my Principles of Marketing class. Our class project was to aid our school newspaper in boosting interest in their monthly article. Our class was able to create a functional marketing firm that allowed us to have hands on learning. In addition, our class successfully boosted the ratings of the paper and were provided a real world experience of how marketing is applied. Overall, the Business Department at Davenport West is very beneficial to students and am thankful I was able to take part in its classes.

JAIME HENDERKOTT, son of Jill and Jay Henderkott of Davenport.

Top achievements:

• 3.75 GPA

• National Honor Society

• MAC All Academic Team, volleyball

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I'll always remember Mr.David's Independent Living Class. His class was always so much fun, and he taught us things that will help us in the real world, such as, applying for loans, balancing a check book, paying bills, taxes, and checking our credit score. One of the things I will remember is watching the movie "Pursuit of Happyness." It was a very inspiring movie and showed us how tough life can be at times. I've taken a lot of vocational/ family consumer science classes, because those classes interest me and you get to learn skills that will help you after high school. I learned a lot of information in these classes that can help me further my education, career and just life in general.

Young Journalist

BRENDEN ARGENTA, son of Deborah Argenta and Jon Argenta of Blue Grass, plans to major in journalism at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Yearbook co-editor

• Golf Team

• Academic Letter

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom experience I'll never forget is my career in my yearbook class. The whole class was a great experience in general. Everyone in the class became very close, we were like a family and it made being in the class a great experience. Being in that class was different from any other class I've ever been in. Aside from the one-of-a-kind relationships we developed in that class, the actual making of the yearbook was an awesome learning opportunity as well, it helped me learn and improve my journalism and photography skills. Yearbook was definitely an experience I will never forget.

ALLISON LEVSEN, daughter of Teresa Lucas and Michael Levsen of Davenport, plans to major in nursing at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids.

Top achievements:

• 3.5 GPA

• Yearbook editor-in-chief

• 1st place in design at State for yearbook

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Yearbook has taught me how to be outgoing and creative in many aspects. It has also pushed me to be a great journalist and to always dig deeper or ask a lot questions just so you can get the story that you want. The type of bond that I had with my advisor and yearbook staff will leave me with unforgettable memories that I will always cherish.

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