Congratulations to Rivermont Collegiate senior Darsani Reddy, who has been named a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program! Commended Students placed among the top five percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).  "Recognizing academically talented students plays a fundamental role in the advancement of educational excellence within our nation," commented an NMSC spokesperson.  "The young people recognized as Commended Students represent some of the best and brightest minds in the country as demonstrated by their outstanding performance in our highly competitive program."

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Darsani, daughter of Dr. Bouyella and Mrs. Kamala Reddy of Moline, IL, is a member of National Honor Society and President of the Rivermont Computer Club.  She is also a member of the Varsity Basketball team and Show Choir and enjoys participating in Rivermont theater productions, as well as volunteering at Trinity Medical Center.

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for preschool through twelfth grade.  At Rivermont there are no spectators, only participants!

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Rachel Chamberlain, Director of Admissions, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or

Visit Rivermont online at!

Though we are currently bombarded with candy, costumes, and pumpkins, October is an important month not just due to Halloween - October is also National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students at Rivermont Collegiate are taking some time out of their costume-planning this month to organize fundraising events and promote breast cancer awareness.


The entire Rivermont campus (faculty and staff included!) is invited to participate in a "pink" relaxed dress code day on Thursday, 10/4 in exchange for a donation to the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer campaign. The campus will be a sea of pink and students may enjoy sweatpants (while the faculty enjoys jeans!).  In addition, the volleyball triple-header Thursday evening will be a "Pink Out" event in which the entire crowd is encouraged to wear the color.  All proceeds from admissions, concessions, and donation buckets at the games will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer.  Opponents Our Lady and North Scott will be joining in, with their players and spectators donning pink and even competing with a pink volleyball.


Rivermont vs. Our Lady      4:30 p.m.        5th/6th grade

5:30 p.m.        7th/8th grade

Rivermont vs. North Scott    7:00 p.m.        Varsity


(home games held at Rivermont - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf - directly off 18th St. behind K&K Hardware)


Thanks to improvements in treatment and early detection, millions of women are surviving breast cancer today.  Because early detection significantly increases chances for successful treatment, awareness is a critical tool in the fight against the disease.  Rivermont students are boosting awareness at an early age and helping create a dialogue on breast cancer!


Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent, non-sectarian PS-12th grade college preparatory school.  Visit us online at!



For many, the events of September 11th, 2001 are forever etched into our minds, along with the lessons taken away in the days that followed in strength, perseverance, togetherness, and community.  How do we share these sentiments with those too young to remember the tragedy? 

Students at Rivermont Collegiate will observe the anniversary of 9/11 with a commemorative ceremony next Tuesday morning. The entire school will gather at the flagpole in tribute to those killed in the attacks, as well as remembrance of the courage shown and miracles achieved in the aftermath.  The ceremony will include a special guest to remark on the meaning of the commemoration, followed by the raising of the flag, group singing of "America the Beautiful", and a moment of silence during which the Rivermont junior class will toll a bell once for each year since September 11th, 2001.  The ceremony will begin at approximately 8:20 a.m.

Rivermont is honored to welcome Col. Duane Gamble, Deputy Commanding General of U.S. Army Sustainment Command headquartered at the Rock Island Arsenal, as our special guest for the ceremony.  Col. Gamble is a graduate of Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, Md.  Prior to his commission at the Arsenal, he served at Department of the Army Headquarters in Washington, D.C. as Director for Strategy and Integration at the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Rivermont Collegiate, located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade. 

For additional information on Rivermont, contact Rachel Chamberlain at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or



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Students around the world are discovering it's more fun to design a robot than it is to play with one - and having the hardest fun they've ever had!  FIRST Lego League (FLL), a national robotics program, has experienced dramatic growth since its inception in 1998.  In FLL, student teams design and program an autonomous robot using the Lego Mindstorms set and create a solution to a real-world scientific problem.  Teams compete in regional qualifiers by completing tasks with their robot on a thematic playing surface, then advance to state competitions and, if lucky, the World Festival (regions are selected by lottery for the World Festival). 

2011-12 Rivermont FLL Team - Putnam Competition.JPG

FLL helps young people discover the fun in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as they work to solve real-world problems using robotics.  FLL participants are 50 percent more likely to attend college and twice as likely to major in science or engineering.  More than that, FLL fosters teamwork and leadership - the program has even coined several terms.  Dr. Woodie Flowers,FIRST National Advisor, created the term "Gracious Professionalism" - a way of doing things that emphasizes respect and that competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.  Actually, FLL teams don't "compete" - they participate in "Coopertition," displaying respect in the face of fierce competition and cooperating with each other.  A parent testimonial puts it best, that "being bright is not the same as leadership."

As the program grows, so does the impact.  FLL 2011 featured 19,800 teams from over 50 countries.  2011 regional qualifiers took place not only in the Quad Cities, but also Cedar Falls, Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Ottumwa, Sioux City, Marshalltown, and Solon.  Rivermont Collegiate is eagerly jumping on board to expand the impact of FLL in the Quad Cities!  Due to success of the program in Rivermont 5th grade last year, it has been expanded to 5th - 8th grade for 2012-13.  A dedicated room has been equipped with 9 computers and devoted to the robotics teams.  Last year, two teams of Rivermont 5th graders competed at the regional qualifier at the Putnam, with one team bringing home the Core Values Inspiration Award.  Coaches Rachel Chamberlain and Leigh Ann Schroeder saw tremendous growth and maturity in the teams, not only learning new STEM skills, but demonstrating skills in teamwork, goal setting, compromise, and problem solving.  Due to huge student interest, students in 6th - 8th grade are now invited to join the fun - Rivermont will have four FLL teams this year.

"It's one thing to see a kid in college doing it, but to see 13, 14, 15, 16-year olds writing code, building robots, enthusiastic about life, mathematics, science, and engineering...20 years from now, these kids are the leaders of industry.", Frontman, The Black Eyed Peas  


Note: FLL season officially kicked off August 28th.  The regional tournament in Davenport will be held Saturday, December 15th at the Putnam Museum.  This year's theme is Senior Solutions - can FLL teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities?  For additional information on the FIRST LEGO League, visit

Rivermont Collegiate, located in Bettendorf, is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college prep school for students in preschool through 12th grade. 

For additional information on Rivermont, contact Rachel Chamberlain at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or

Visit us on the web at!

While the start of the school year finds many reminiscing about lazy summer days of play and relaxation, four young local artists spent a week of their vacation exploring the unique healing powers of horses.  As part of the Murals course at Rivermont Collegiate Summer Camp 2012, four students created a truly impressive 5' x 7' mural on canvas drop cloth to be displayed in the arena/pole barn at Juan Diez Rancheros in Davenport.

Before beginning, students spoke with Juan Diez Rancheros about their mission and explored the purpose of their mural.  Juan Diez Rancheros is a non-profit program offering free horse therapy for children who have been abused or emotionally traumatized, with the use of rescued horses.  The program is unlike any other horse therapy offered in the Quad Cities, with testimonials describing children who have become more conversational, trusting, expressive, and patient after interacting with the horses.

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Rivermont students Dwira Nandini (5th grade), Asha Alla (5th grade), Adam Chamberlain (6th grade), and Maryam Rasheed (6th grade) chose to paint a young girl interacting with a horse with the Centennial Bridge in the background.  This was an ambitious project - work was completed in only about two days!  Dwira, Asha, Adam, and Maryam chose the bridge to represent the Quad Cities and symbolize "bridging the gap" - connecting the child's heart with the horse's heart.  They chose to paint silhouettes so that any child could picture themself as the subject of the mural.  The group brainstormed for the ideal words to encircle the image, with each student ultimately selecting one of the four - caring, hope, friendship, and healing.  Maryam explained the soft, cool colors were chosen to express a mood of friendship and bonding.  Her favorite aspects of the project included painting the figures - the girl and the horse having "a moment" - and learning how horses can connect to children and help them overcome trauma.

Students delivered the mural to Juan Diez Rancheros on Friday, August 3rd and it has been described as an "incredible display of inspiration."  Tremendous thanks go out to the leaders of the Murals course, Dominic Velando and Laura Klavitter, without which this project could not have been completed.

For more information on Juan Diez Rancheros, visit

For more information on Rivermont Collegiate, visit

We are growing!


We are very excited to announce some new additions for the 2012-13 school year.  I am especially excited to announce that in the fall Rivermont will be adding additional Early and Lower School classes!


PreSchool - In addition to our existing PreSchool and Junior Kindergarten class, we are adding another PreSchool class that will include a 2 year old program!


Kindergarten - We are also adding a second Kindergarten classroom! Erin DeSplinter will join Cindy Corrigan as Kindergarten teacher this fall.  Erin is a current Rivermont parent and has teaching experience at independent schools in both Illinois and Virginia. She graduated Cum Laude from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Erin will make an excellent addition to our staff and we are thrilled that she will be joining us next year.


Fourth Grade - Plans are in the works to also add a second Fourth grade classroom!  This class is bursting at the seams and we look forward to being able to accept more new students in this grade.


We are all excited by the possibilities of this growth.  There will be some rearranging of classrooms as we accommodate our new students and new teachers.


Thanks to support from Fund-A-Need and the Parents' Council we will continue to expand our experiential and electronic learning.  During Labor Day week the Upper School will travel once again to Camp Manito-wish in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin for an outdoor leadership experience while the Middle School will travel to Kampsville, Illinois to learn about archaeology first hand.  In addition, we hope to announce a trip for our fourth and fifth graders.  More on that as plans solidify.


Technology never sleeps and we will continue to enhance our capabilities.  Over the summer the bandwidth available to the campus will double and interactive devices will be upgraded.  Plans are also in the works to launch a new website over the summer.  We are pleased that as we move into the second year of our iPad Pilot Program more textbooks are available digitally.  This should lighten some backpacks!


As this year quickly comes to a close work is well underway to prepare for the new school year.  Keep your eyes on the calendar because there are many special events to wrap up this year.  You won't want to miss them.  One in particular is the Senior Project Presentations.  After many requests to make these presentations accessible to more families we have scheduled them for Wednesday, May 30 at 5:30 PM in the Auditorium.  Consider coming to campus and hearing about the exciting projects the Class of 2012 undertook as they conclude their Rivermont Experience.  Our 125th Commencement exercises will begin at 10:00 AM, Friday, June 1.


Intellect, Character, and Creativity!


Rick St. Laurent



P.S.  Could we have had any better day for Lunch on the Lawn?  The weather was great!




Great News! Fourth Grader Dwira Nandini has been selected as a finalist for this week's "Artist of the Week" award for the 4th-6th age group. The finalist who receives the most online votes between now and Saturday May 12 will be selected as our "Artist of the Week."

To view the finalists and cast your vote, simply click on the link below. Voting is limited to one vote per computer per day for each age group!


The "Artist of the Week" will be featured on the Artsonia homepage and will receive a commemorative plaque from Artsonia. In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated $100 gift certificates to the winning teachers and $50 to the winning artists.




Freshman Michal Porubcin  won the finals in the #3 singles match at the MAC meet and he and his partner Forrest Campbell won the playoffs to get third in #1 doubles last weekend.


Zoo for the day?!?!


Would any LS student like to bring a toy or stuffed animal to school? For our final spring service project, LS Student Council would like to Adopt-an-Animal from the Niabi Zoo. Our donations would help an animal receive nutritious snacks and toys that help them exercise and PLAY! In order to raise money, we need you to donate at least 50¢ to bring your stuffed animal/toy to school and introduce them on stage during morning meeting on Tuesday, May 15th. We hope you will participate and make Rivermont a Zoo for the Day!


Middle and Upper School students are welcome to participate for a $1.00 donation.  (age inflation)


Rivermont's first All School Art Exhibition featured over 500 works of student art.  The gym was transformed into a gallery or as one student called it, "The Art Museum."  Thanks to all our Rivermont artists and special thanks to Rivermont art teacher Colleen McCarty for all the creativity!

Watch the calendar for
next year's exhibit!

Rivermont Bus Service Update


Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Rivermont will no longer be able to provide morning and afternoon bus route service. Extremely low utilization and high costs have caused us to suspend this service. In order to alleviate some of the inconvenience this creates, we will be extending our morning hours. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Early Supervision for K-12 will start at 7:00AM. This allows parents time to drop their student(s) off and still get to work in a timely manner.



Early Supervision Extended Hours!

Rivermont would like to announce that we are extending our Early Supervision hours. Beginning with the 2012-13 school year, Early Supervision for K-12 will start at 7:00AM. Early Supervision will run until 7:45AM at which time students will be allowed to go to their respective buildings. Middle and Upper School students can proceed to the Mansion Reading Room and Lower School students will proceed to the Media Center/Library. Light breakfast items will be available for purchase for during the Early Supervision hours.





Camp classes are filling up!

All classes are a go this summer! Register with confidence knowing that none of these classes will be cancelled. Many are filling up! These classes are open to the entire Quad City community so invite your friends! Click the brochure for more information.


8 Full Weeks of Enrichment, Sports, Art, and Music Classes!

Dear Rivermont Community,

This week one of our Upper School students, sophomorjewish stare Vania Sazonov has written a piece on a special guest who visited our campus.  The following is his re-telling of our visit with Holocaust survivor Agnes Schwartz.  Her visit was made possible by the Quad Cities Yom Hashoa Committee.

Rick St. Laurent



This past Monday Agnes Schwartz, a Holocaust survivor, came to visit Rivermont Collegiate and shared with the seventh through twelfth grade students her incredible, heart-wrenching story. She was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1933. When she was eleven years old Germany occupied her hometown. After having many of her rights taken away and being forced to wear a yellow star, her family was relocated to a Jewish designated building. She lived there with her father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, and aunt. Eventually, her mother was torn apart from her by the Nazis, never to see one another again. She was then sent by her family to live with her former housekeeper, Julia, under a new identity as Julia's Christian niece. She lived with her housekeeper in constant fear of being found out as a Jew. When the Allied Forces began their bombings, she was forced to live in the first floor of an apartment complex. There was no electricity and no sewage system, so they were forced to live with all the residents of the apartment complex by candlelight and use a bucket as a chamber pot, emptied only in the dead of night. She lived like this for three months until she was eventually liberated by the advancing Soviet Army.

Once free, she immediately wanted to know what had become of her family and wondered if she was ever going to see them again. She found out that her father was alive and had been saved by Raoul Wallenberg, hiding in one of his safe houses. The rest of her family had suffered a different fate. With the Allied Forces near and in order to save ammunition, the Nazis had drowned her grandmother, grandfather, and aunt in the Danube River. She also found out that after being deported her mother had been sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she had passed away. Her father was the only one she had left. They decided that they would move to the United States where they had some relatives living in Chicago. Agnes was very eager to move to the United States because she had been told all sorts of wonderful stories about it. After some time had passed her father had decided that he could not assimilate into the American lifestyle and decided to move back to Hungary. Because of this, Agnes felt very abandoned for most of her youth but said she was grateful to live in such an amazing country.

For Agnes there is one thing that she wanted us to take from her story, and that is that the Holocaust really did happen. She wanted us to never forget the terrible things that had occurred and to be grateful to live in a country where you are mostly free and do not have to worry about yourself or your loved ones being in constant danger. Most of all, she wanted us to never forget her story and make sure that the terrible truth about the Holocaust lives on forever so that the atrocities may never be repeated.

Vania Sazonov, Class of 2014





Rivermont Collegiate is proud to announce the winner of the 2012 Jane and Clem Werner Scholarship - senior Joann Weeks, daughter of Randy and Monica Weeks (our Middle and  Upper School Spanish teacher) The $5,000 scholarship is distributed through the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend . Joann will use the scholarship money to attend  Benedictine University, Lisle, Illinois.



"IT'S THE REAL THING!Pavane"  Coca Cola Scholarship Foundation picks one of our own as a National Scholar winner!  Pavane Gorrepati spent a few days last week in Atlanta, Georgia  interviewing as a finalist in the 2012 Coca Cola Scholarship Contest.  She is one of only 50 students selected in a national

competition and wins a renewable $20,000 scholarship. Pavane will be using the award to attend Yale University.


RAI 2nd Place

Congratulations to the 8th Grade RAI team of Hannah Hansen, Nathan McVey, Bailey Mangan & Alex Skillin for their 2nd Place win during Wednesday's Rivermont Academic Invitational.  They were among 152 students form 15 area schools participating in RAI this year.

Special thanks to invitational organizer Leigh Ann Schroeder!


RAI room


Please Watch Your Speed!


Please watch your speed as you drive through the campus especially during morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.  Children (and parents) sometimes walk unexpectedly from between cars.


stop sign

Bake Sale!


The Second Grade Class will be holding a bake sale on Wednesday, May 2 during snack time as part of their Service Day Project.  Proceeds from the sale will be used to purchase a brick at the historic Fulton Windmill in Fulton, IL

Rivermont Collegiate presents...

A  Middle School Production

Looking Glass Land

Looking Glass Land

By James DeVita

Saturday, April 28

Sunday, April 29

2:00 p.m.


Tickets: $5.00

at the door


Produced by special arrangement with

Pioneer Drama Service, Inc.,

Englewood, Colorado

Registration for summer camp is now open!

Don't miss out on one of the best summer camps in the Quad Cities! Click the link above to download your brochure today. Space is limited and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis. These classes are open to the entire community, so invite a friend!


8 Full Weeks of Enrichment Classes!

Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

The Golden Age of Hollywood
Rivermont Dinner Auction at the
Hotel Blackhawk
was a great success!

Thank you to Event Chair Kristine Teitle and the entire Auction Committee for making it a glamorous evening.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Dr. & Mrs. Michal Porubcin
Sears Manufacturing Company
Drs. Rajesh & Bindu Alla
Ed & Courtney Decker
Muna Strasser, DDS
Eye Surgeons Associates - Tina Eckhardt, MD
Select Benefit Solutions - Michael White
Lilac Hill Photography
American Safety Training Solutions
Davenport Printing Company
Bullseye Direct Mail

Special keepsake headshots of our students are on sale from the School if you were not able to attend the event.  Please contact Tammi or Linda.  $15 each
Auction Lion

Upcoming Events



28-5/10   All School Art Exhibition in the Gym
28       MS Play "Looking Glass Land" 2:00 PM
29       MS Play "Looking Glass Land" 2:00 PM
30       MS Track at Silvis, 4:00 PM

1       Open Tours 8:30-10:00 AM
3        PreSchool Open Visit, 9:00-10:00 AM
Grade 2 trip to Putnam
4        Rivermont Service Day
7-18  AP Exam Weeks
7        MS Track at Silvis, 4:00 PM
8        Kindergarten Q & U Wedding, 8:20 AM
9        Parents' Council Meeting, 8:30 AM
MS Track at UTHS, 4:00 PM
10     Grade 7 to Finance Park
Final Day for All Rivermont Art Exhibition
Reception 5:30-6:45 PM
Spring Music Concert, 7:00 PM
11     Last Day for Seniors!
Early School Program, 10:45 AM
Lunch on the Lawn, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
MS-US Imp Tiger Day
14      Spring Sports Night, 6:30 PM
16      Grades 2, 3, 4 Track & Field Event at Augustana College
17      Grade 2 trip to Fulton
18      In-Store Rivermont BookFair at Barnes & Noble - NorthPark
PreSchool & Grade 1 to Adler Theatre
22      Grade 4 trip to Dubuque
23      JrK to Niabi Zoo
24      Middle School trip to Chicago
Admission Open House, 6:00-8:00 PM
24, 25, 29   Upper School Final Exams
25      K to Clinton Discovery Center
28      Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL
29      Lower School Imp-Tiger Day
30      LS Promotion Ceremony, 9:00 AM
MS & US Awards Ceremony, 10:30 AM
Senior Project Presentations, 5:30 PM - Public Invited!
Senior Dinner, 7:00 PM
31       Grades 5-12 End of Year trip to AdventureLand

1         125th Commencement Exercises, 10:00 AM
11       SUMMER CAMP begins

13        First Day of Classes!

Rivermont Calendar


2012-13 Calendar

Dear Rivermont Community,

College acceptance letters have been flying through cyberspace and snail mail for the past few weeks and our own seniors have been anxiously checking emails and mailboxes.  Last night, the long awaited Ivy acceptances were released.  You may have heard the shouts of joy or groans of disappointment reverberate across the country.  There were definitely shouts of joy from Rivermont households.

Congratulations to our seniors, Class of 2012 for their college acceptances to date!  Their hard work and dedication has been rewarded.  Kudos to our faculty for preparing our students to meet the challenges and expectations offered by colleges and universities across the country. 

American University DC

Augsburg College MN

Augustana College IL

Baylor University TX

Benedictine University IL

Boston University MA

Brown University RI

California Institute of Technology CA

Case Western Reserve University OH

Columbia University NY

Cornell University NY

Dartmouth College NH

DePaul University IL

Duquesne University PA

Drew University NJ

Drexel University PA

Duke University NC

Emory University GA

Gustavus Adolphus College MN

Johns Hopkins University MD

Kent State University OH

Knox College IL

Lehigh University PA

Michigan Technological University MI

New Jersey Institute of Technology NJ

New York University NY

Northern Michigan University MI

Northwestern University IL

Pennsylvania State University PA

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute NY

Richard Stockton NJ

Rosemont College PA

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-Newark NJ

St. Ambrose University IA

St. Bonaventure University NY

St. Louis University MO

Sienna College NY

Stanford University CA

Stony Brook University NY

Temple University PA

Union College NY

University of Alabama AL (EMSAP)

University of Chicago IL

University of Cincinnati OH

University of Connecticut CT

University of Illinois at Chicago IL

University of Iowa IA

University of Kansas KS

University of Maryland MD

University of Miami FL

University of Minnesota, Morris MN

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities MN

University of Missouri- Kansas City MO

University of Pennsylvania PA

University of Pittsburgh PA

University of Southern Alabama AL

University of Rochester NY

University of Toledo OH

University of Virginia VA

Ursinus College PA

Vanderbilt University TN

Villanova University PA

Virginia Commonwealth University VA

Washington University in St. Louis MO

Wayne State University MI

West Chester University PA

Widener University PA

Yale University CT

Youngstown State University OH


This significant list of acceptances gives our seniors a wealth of opportunities to continue their path of learning and achievement.  Of our seven seniors, four are lifers, one entered in first grade, one in seventh, and one in eleventh.  The Class of 2012 has been awarded a combined total of $1,372,344.00 in renewable merit scholarships over 4 years.


The Rivermont Experience culminates in the Upper School and once again our students and faculty have demonstrated the benefits of focused Intellect, refined Character, and boundless Creativity!


Rick St. Laurent


Re-Enrollment is on!  And there is a  F R E E Z E!

Current families can re-enroll their students for the 2012-13 school year before new students are accepted.  Be sure to reserve a place for your child before March 30.
Re-enrollment contracts and information about 2012-13 were mailed on March 1st.
Kudos to 6th Grade Math Bee!
Way to Go! The Rivermont 6th Grade Math Bee team placed fifth in the regional competition and will compete at the state level in late April.  Congratulations to team members:  Kenton Fee, Naina Ninan, Collin Smith, Sophia Xiao and alternate Perapa  Chotiprasidhi.  Special thanks to volunteer coach Chae Hee Porubcin.


WQAD News 8 - 2012 My Favorite Teacher Contest

Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 28 at 5 PM.

Contest is open to all K-12 students and active teachers within the WQAD News 8 viewing area.

Each entrant must submit an essay of approximately 200 words or less explaining who his/her favorite teacher is/was and why that particular educator is so outstanding.

Each entry must also include :
entrant's name, grade, address and phone number
nominated teacher's full name and current school
school address
grade he/she teaches

Entry must be emailed or delivered by 5:00 PM, Wednesday, March 28, 2012.

My Favorite Teacher Contest
WQAD News 8
3003 Park 16th Street
Moline, IL  61265

A school fitness and nutrition program.  A campaign to make personal care kits for families in transition out of homeless shelters.  25 handmade quilts to be sent to Ethiopian women recovering from surgery.  Packaging over 25,000 meals to feed needy children.  What do these things have in common?  They are all initiatives organized by Iowa students!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards have named Kayla De Weerd, 14, of Hull, IA and Hannah Jorgensen, 13, of Adair, IA as State Honorees for outstanding acts of volunteerism.  Kayla, who piloted a nutrition and physical activity program at her school, and Hannah, who organized a campaign to make personal care kits for families transitioning from homeless shelters, will each receive $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.  In Washington, Kayla and Hannah will join the top two honorees from each state, ten of which will be named National Honorees.

The Quad Cities is home to two Distinguished Finalists in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards!  Pavane Gorrepati, a senior at Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf, and Julianne Delessio, a junior at Pleasant Valley High School, are among four students recognized as Distinguished Finalists for their impressive community service activities.

Pavane Gorrepati, 18, of Davenport, created a nonprofit organization called Warning about Warming (WaW) to educate young people about environmental issues.  Her work has included speaking at rallies and conferences, traveling to India to teach students about sustainable practices, and persuading the Rivermont Collegiate Board of Trustees to initiate a "no-idling" policy for parents dropping off and picking up students.

Julianne Delessio, 17, of Bettendorf, brings the joy of dance to those who otherwise could not participate due to illness, disability, or financial restraints with her program Dance for Me.  Julianne has provided workshops for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, children with cancer, and children from low-income families.  She is currently developing a dance workshop for children with Down syndrome.

The Quad Cities is extremely proud to be home to these outstanding young women!  "Through their selfless acts of service, these award recipients have greatly improved the lives of others," said Prudential Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld.  "We hope their stories and their dedication inspire other young people to do the same."  The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards represents the United States' largest youth recognition program based solely on volunteer service.  More than 5,000 Local Honorees were reviewed by a judging panel, which selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists based on personal initiative, creativity, effort, and impact.

For additional information on Rivermont Collegiate, contact Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or

For additional information on The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, visit