Rivermont in the News

Rivermont is often featured in local news - both in the newspaper and on our local ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX affiliates. Below are a few of our favorite stories. If you have a story to share, please send it to

Two Selected as Herbert Hoover Uncommon Students

Manasa Emilia

Manasa Pagadala and Emilia Porubcin have been selected as two of 15 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Students chosen for 2016. Iowa high school juniors are chosen on the basis of submitted project proposals. Manasa was selected for her project proposal, Switching to Switchgrass and Emilia for her project, Pounce Magazine: Technology and the Arts in the 21st Century.

Students will meet with the trustee scholarship committee in June at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library-Museum in West Branch. They will return in October to make presentations about their projects and receive their awards.

Two Local Students Achieve Top ACT Score

Ben And Emilia

Benjamin Nordick, son of Gary and Christina Nordick and Emilia Porubcin, daughter of Michal and Chae Hee Porubcin, juniors at Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, Iowa, each earned the highest possible ACT Composite score of 36. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning the top score varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1% of students who take the ACT earns the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2015, only 1,598 of more than 1.92 million students earned an ACT Composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1–36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take the optional ACT writing test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT Composite score.

In a letter from the ACT chief executive officer recognizing this exceptional achievement, the CEO stated, “Your achievement on the ACT is significant and rare. While test scores are just one of multiple criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT Composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals.”

ACT test scores are accepted by all major US colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead.

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See Rivermont's "Steam Piggy" at Village in Bloom

Steam PiggyRivermont Collegiate Middle and Upper students repurposed old discarded screens removed from screen windows, as well as piano keys, milk jugs, plastic containers, keys, vinyl, and much more to create a mythical themed sculpture. The 3'x 4' sculpture, titled "Steam Piggy," will be on exhibit and donated to the 2016 Village in Bloom: A Festival of the Arts, Honoring the Lives of John and Isabel Bloom.

Village in Bloom
Saturday, May 7th, 2016 (10am-4pm)
Location: Village of East Davenport

Free Family Fun with live performances, concerts, student artwork, art activities, face painting, mural making, clay sculptures, clowns, puppets, and much more!

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Ascentra Credit Union Awards Scholarship to Rivermont Senior

Dale Owen And Christian ElliottRivermont Senior Christian Elliott has been selected to receive a $1000 college scholarship from Ascentra Credit Union. Ascentra President and CEO Dale Owen congratulated the winners Saturday at the 53rd St Branch in Bettendorf.

Christian plans to attend Augustana College.

Pictured: Dale Owen and Christian Elliott

Congratulations Manasa Pagadala (Grade 11)

Manasa PagadalaManasa won 2nd place overall in the Chemistry division at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium on April 27-30, 2016 in Dayton, OH. She also won an $8000 scholarship at the university of her choice.

Rivermont Sophomore Accepted to Attend EAA Advanced Air Academy 2016

Nikhil WagherRivermont sophomore, Nikhil Wagher, has been accepted to attend the EAA Advanced Air Academy 2016 this summer in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The program offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.

Nikhil will join other young people, ages 16-18, in this aviation program. Several days of the Academy take place during the world's largest and most exciting aviation event - EAA AirVenture 2016. Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Congratulations Nikhil!

Rivermont Collegiate Junior Invited to World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute Event

Manasa PagadalaManasa Pagadala, a junior at Rivermont Collegiate, will be among 600 students, teachers and experts from across Iowa coming together on the campus of Iowa State University for the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) on April 25, 2016. The IYI engages hundreds of young people from across Iowa in hunger-related topics and discussions. Students discuss various elements of global hunger, interact with experts in different hunger-related fields, and propose solutions to key issues. 

Students worked hard to prepare solution proposals for issues they see as exhibiting an important need in regards to hunger in our world today. "Manasa demonstrates an advance skill of working independently and motivates herself to work on challenging topics." says teacher/mentor Jenna McAdam. Manasa's paper, "Improving Food Security through Efficient Energy Production in India," addresses the widespread issue of food insecurity in India and looking for a solution to the many problems that contribute to it. "By pinpointing a lack of efficient energy production," says Pagadala, "I came up with several implementable solutions like creating a better distribution system, moving towards renewable energy, cutting down energy waste, scaling up successful small projects, and creating public awareness campaigns."

Governor Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will address the students, as will Iowa State president Steve Leath and Dupont Pioneer Director of Platform Management Marv Wilson. The event will be held at the Hilton Coliseum and the Scheman Center at Iowa State University, Ames and various laboratories across the campus. More information is available at

Rivermont Collegiate Ranked #1 Private High School in Iowa by Niche

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Rivermont Collegiate has been recognized as a 2016 Best School in America by Niche, the largest website for researching K-12 schools. According to Niche's list, Rivermont Collegiate ranked #1 Best Private High School in Iowa.

Niche ranks more than 100,000 public and private schools and districts based on dozens of statistics and 27 million opinions from 300,000 students and parents. Rivermont achieved this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges that students consider, and reviews from students and parents.

A full list of 2016 rankings, methodologies, and data sources can be found on Niche's website

Students take more thoughtful look at politics - by Deirdre Cox Baker, Quad-City Times

When the presidential primary races in the United States breaches boundaries and is top fodder for late-night television hosts, a group of teens in the Quad-Cities are among those who notice.

Advanced government students in local high schools track the primary activities, and according to local teachers, there is plenty of discussion. One school, in fact, ended up launching an extracurricular group to allow students to more fully discuss topics of national interest.

"When the controversial things happen — violence, hatred, bigotry — I try to add context to the bigger picture," said Ed Knupp, who teaches government at Rivermont Collegiate School, Bettendorf.

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Rivermont Senior Named a 2016-17 Illinois State Scholar

Thomas RogersRivermont Collegiate is proud to announce that Senior Thomas Rodgers has been named a 2016-17 Illinois State Scholar based on a combination of his six semester grade point average, standardized test scores, and state of residence. Congratulations Tom!

Located in Bettendorf, Iowa, Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only Private College Prep School for Preschool through 12th Grade. Visit or call 563-359-1366.

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