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An Exciting Week at Rivermont

It's been a very exciting week at Rivermont . . .

Rivermont Team With Iowa Governor Branstad

On Monday, Rivermont students competed amongst 700 students from 110 schools across Iowa in the state's National History Day contest held in Des Moines. State champions are invited to compete in the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest held at the University of Maryland on June 14-18, 2015. The Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest will comprise nearly 3,000 students from the United States, Guam, America Samoa, Department of Defense Schools in Puerto Rico, and international schools in China, Korea and South Asia for scholarships and prizes.

We are exceptionally proud of all our students who worked so hard in preparing for the competition. Our teams performed remarkably well and captured a number of awards to include:

Manasa Pagadala (10th Grade), Shivani Ganesh (10th Grade), Emilia Porubcin (10th Grade), Kenton Fee (9th Grade), Hema Chimpidi (10th Grade)
National Competition Qualifier
Division: Senior
Category: Group Performance (topic: Women's Suffrage)

Lauren Schroeder (8th Grade)
National Competition Qualifier
Division: Junior
Category: Individual Documentary (topic: Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

Anastasia Eganova (11th Grade)
National Competition Alternate, Women's History Award
Division: Senior
Category: Individual Paper (topic: Mother Jones)

I cannot say enough how proud we all are of our students and the hard work they have given to this project. I would also like to express my sincerest thanks to our parents and Mrs. Leigh Ann Schroeder for their commitment and support! Your efforts were instrumental to the success of our students. Thank you.

Student Tech Fair Winners

On Tuesday, seven Middle and Upper School students participated in the Eastern ITEC Student Technology Fair held in Cedar Rapids. This was the first year Rivermont has participated in the event. Students have been working hard on their projects throughout the year to compete in one of several categories: 3D Rendering/Non-Linear Animation, Innovative Technology Use, Programming, Graphics/Publishing, Music and Sound Design, Video or Linear Animation, Web Presence, Mobile Apps). Congratulations to the following students on a job well done!
 
Michal Porubcin
Ice Cube                                                                                                      
Mobile App (Game)                                                                
Blue Ribbon

Lauren Schroeder
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Man Who Resisted Hitler                          
Video (Documentary)                                               
Blue Ribbon

Allyson Lewis/Jessica Elliott
Ally the Science Guy                                                                                   
Video (Hurricanes)                                                                        
Blue Ribbon

Rohan Abernathy-Wee/Alexander Xiao
Medieval Village                                                                                         
3D Rendering (Minecraft Background)                
Blue Ribbon

Emad Haque
Sketch Up - A Building to Withstand an Earthquake                              
3D Rendering                                                         
Red Ribbon

A special thank you goes out to Mr. John Kvapil and Mrs. Laura McDonald who have guided and mentored our participants throughout the school year. I would also like to thank our parents for your constant support of our students.

Concordia

Besides the various competitions, this week also marked another highly successful Concordia trip. On the trip, our students exemplified good character that Rivermont strives to build. They were complemented several times by a rest stop worker and a Culver's customer on what polite, well-behaved students we had. The zoo educators said our students were the best group that had ever attended their program. Way to shine, LIONS!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to Mrs. Dana Fee who gives so much each year in making this program such a success. The planning, coordination, and fundraising is a significant task, and on behalf of our students and parents, I want to express our sincerest gratitude for all that you do in making this trip such a lasting and positive experience. I would also like to thank Mrs. Nikki Hildebrand, Mr. Curtis Fee, Mr. Ayman El-Geneidy, Mrs. Nicole Ince, Mrs. Rebecca Signer, and Mrs. Vaishali Wagher for their tireless help as event chaperones. Lastly, a special thanks to the Parents' Council whose gracious support made this trip possible. Thank you everyone for your constant help and support!!!

Enjoy the wonderful and warm weather!

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