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Davenport student to be honored for outstanding volunteer service at award presentation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Tasker   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:50
Pavane Gorrepati of Davenport, Iowa, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate, will be presented with an engraved bronze medallion to recognize her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2012 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program.

Presentation information:
Date: Wednesday, May 30
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Event: Awards assembly
Location: Rivermont Collegiate auditorium, 1821 Sunset Dr., Bettendorf
Contact: Richard St. Laurent, (563) 359-1366

Pavane is being honored for creating a nonprofit organization called "Warning about Warming (WaW)" to educate young people about environmental issues. For more information on Pavane and her volunteering, click here:

About the award:

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. All middle and high schools in the U.S., along with all Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and affiliates of HandsOn Network, were eligible to select a student or member for a local Prudential Spirit of Community Award last November. Two State Honorees—one middle and one high school student—plus a select number of Distinguished Finalists from each state and the District of Columbia were selected based on criteria such as personal initiative, creativity, effort, impact and personal growth.

For more information on the rest of this year’s Prudential Spirit of Community Awards State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists, visit

John Deere Middle School’s Award-winning Robotics team is not taking a summer break PDF Print E-mail
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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:37
(Moline, IL)  May 29th marks the start of John Deere’s “Lights On for Learning” Summer Enrichment program at John Deere Middle School in Moline.  Instructors are targeting incoming 7th and 8th grade students who passed, but struggled in some academic areas.  One of the programming elements is Lego Robotics.  It will provide students a brief introduction to robotics and help to recruit students for the fall First Lego Robotics Team.

Local Students Graduate Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Various sources   
Monday, 04 June 2012 14:25

Kirsten Ann Hanford graduates from William Woods University

FULTON, MO (05/29/2012)(readMedia)-- Kirsten Ann Hanford of Davenport, Iowa, graduated in May from William Woods University with a bachelor of science degree.

Actor Val Kilmer was the speaker at WWU's undergraduate commencement May 5. One of the most prolific actors of his generation, Kilmer s memorable roles include Batman in "Batman Forever," Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's "The Doors," Doc Holliday in "Tombstone" and Simon Templar in "The Saint."

Kilmer spent the week on the William Woods campus meeting with various groups and performing his one-man play, "Citizen Twain."

Rivermont Collegiate News PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Rick St. Laurent   
Monday, 04 June 2012 13:56

Dear Rivermont Community,


Well, here it is.  The last HEADlines of the school year.  It has been an exciting year with so many accomplishments and firsts.  Once again the students and faculty of Rivermont have demonstrated that Excellence comes first, Character is expected, and Creativity can be found in every corner!  Please be sure to join us on Wednesday and Friday of next week as we celebrate these accomplishments, hear what our seniors learned about themselves and their chosen field in the Senior Projects, and  graduate our 125th class of seniors!  These students join the ranks of an exceptional group of leaders, philanthropists, professionals and engaged citizens who make up our ALUMNI!


This weekend marks the commemoration of those who have sacrificed for our freedoms and prosperity.


Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.  (


In honor of the day we reprint the poem that inspired the tradition of poppies to remember.


In Flanders Fields

John McCrae, 1915.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.

Have a safe and restful long weekend, 


Rick St. Laurent





The Class of 2012

Matt Newsome
University of Pennsylvania

Meghana Yerrapothu
University of Illinois at Chicago

Joann Weeks
Benedictine University


Pavane Gorrepati
Yale University

Meghana Pagadala
California Institute of Technology


Christine Mbakwe
Washington University in St. Louis


Ramya Prabhu
University of Illinois at Chicago











Join us for our 125th Commencement Exercises on
Friday, June 1, 10:00 AM on the South Terrace of the Mansion.

Lt. Governor Simon’s Complete College bills move forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kathryn Phillips   
Monday, 04 June 2012 13:54

College Choice Reports bill advances to House, math curriculum bill moving to Governor’s desk


SPRINGFIELD – May 25, 2012. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon commended the Illinois Senate today for voting to help students make informed choices about Illinois’ higher education options through publication of College Choice Reports. House Bill 5248, Amendment 2, passed the Senate 56-0 and now moves back to the House for concurrence.


Under the Simon-backed legislation, College Choice Reports will be published annually and provide students, parents and taxpayers with key institutional data for Illinois’ community colleges and universities. Data included on the reports could include degree and certificate completion rates, net costs, average student debt, and student demographics. The goal is to help students make informed choices about educational paths so they can graduate on time and with less debt.


“Parents and students should think of this new resource as a consumer report, guiding them toward high-quality, affordable higher education investments,” Simon said. “This new tool will help students comparison-shop between institutions so they can select schools that meet their educational and career needs.”


Upon House approval of HB 5248, Amendment 2, Simon will convene a committee of higher education stakeholders to determine the style and content of the reports. Public and private degree-granting institutions will publish their first College Choice Report by January 1, 2015.


Simon serves as Governor Quinn’s point person on education reform and helped draft two bills this session that aim to improve college completion and career readiness. The first bill to pass both chambers, SB 3244, authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to design curriculum models that detail content and teaching techniques for middle and high school math standards. SB 3244 currently awaits Quinn’s signature.


Simon is a former professor and serves as the chair of the Joint Education Leadership Committee of the P-20 Council.



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