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Local Students Graduate Spring 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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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.



Local students graduate from Central College PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 May 2012 14:47

PELLA, (05/24/2012)(readMedia)-- The following local students graduated from Central College Saturday, May 12. The ceremony was held at H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse in Pella, Iowa. There were 323 graduates from 16 states and four foreign countries.

Ryan Allison, of Rock Island, graduated with a major in exercise science

Katelyn Baker, of Davenport, graduated with a major in business management

Melissa Blanchard, of Davenport, graduated with a major in Spanish

Kelsey Howard, of Davenport, graduated with a major in religion

Melanie Louis, of Davenport, graduated with a major in biology

Alison Miller, of Davenport, graduated with a major in exercise science

Victoria Turley, of Eldridge, graduated with a major in English

Michael Furlong, of Davenport, graduated with a major in exercise science

Central College is a private, four-year, residential liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa. Central's academic program offers 39 majors leading to a bachelor's degree, along with pre-professional programs and advising. Central was recognized in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.

More information about Central College is available at or by calling 877-462-3687.

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Written by Janine A. H. Parr   
Tuesday, 29 May 2012 14:56

Zoe Arvanitis
Alyssa Carpita
Madeline Chambers
Bailey Estes
Amber Guzzo
Brendan Hird
Mindy Hoang
John Huntley
Kale Hyder
Cloie Jennings
Alyssa Klauer
Ben Luppen
Will Mihm
Rebecca Nonnenmann
Jenna Pauley
Jessica Pauley
Lauryn Praet
Clare VanSpybroeck
David Willaert
Brenon Wilson

Justin Bost
Ethan Castellaw
Bridget Ferguson
Makenna Freyberger
Erik Hoffman
Zach Larson
Anna Marolf
Daniel Powers
Caden Punkiewicz
Luke Trondson

Lucy Adlfinger
Megan Beckwith
Maris Boelens
Sid Boelens
Conner Boyd
Augie Darrow
Brian Do
Lisa Do
Sam Dodson
Molly Hunter
Noel Huntley
Emily Ostrowski
Samantha Sharp
Ashley Slaight
Miranda Zinke

Michael Elliott
Peyton Tanghe

Emily Bauer
Katie Maloney
Jasmine Moseley
Cassie Wales

James Becker
Lilia Darrow
Sam Fernandez
Jenna Fisher
Kathy Hougland
Bryce Humphrey
Ali Milani
Marina Pickslay
Brooke Sheraden
Kyler Yodts

The Outstanding Honor Roll requires more A’s than B’s with no C’s. The Distinguished Honor Roll requires more B’s than A’s with no more than one C.

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