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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 marketing@rvmt.org.


Rivermont Grads Urged To Add Kindness To Life Lessons (Dispatch)

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The six members of Rivermont Collegiate's Class of 2014 graduated Friday, with commencement speaker Judge John Telleen urging graduates to show aptitude in their studies and in how they treat others.

"Be kind, be nice, be sincere, be forgiving, be humble, be generous toward others and you will be rewarded," Judge Telleen, of Iowa's seventh judicial district, said.

"If I had my way, they would add a separate section to the ACT test. Instead of the usual subjects -- English, math, reading and science -- they would add kindness."

He said kindness and sincerity take no real effort, and those who are kind are among the most deserving of college opportunities.

Rivermont headmaster Todd Zachary told graduates to "never stop learning. Always strive to look for avenues to stretch your boundaries and imaginations. Take an Eastern philosophy class or astronomy class, because you never know where your inspiration and creativity will come from."

Mr. Zachary encouraged the graduates to approach life with a positive outlook, have faith in themselves and others and to always be on time. "Sometimes I lived up to that in college and sometimes I did not," he said.

Valedictorian Shravya Pothula recognized the talents of her five fellow graduates, all of whom were women.

"Throughout my 13 years at Rivermont, I learned everything from transforming DNA to analyzing metaphysical poetry," she said.

However, Ms. Pothula said that she learned some of her most important lessons from her classmates, such as selflessness, courage and the values of honesty and persistence.

Ms. Pothula, who plans to attend Baylor University in Texas in the fall, will major in medical humanities and participate in the Baylor Squared Medicine Program.

"The class of 2014 is rich with talent, compassion and determination," she said. "Our experience at Rivermont is an unbreakable bond. I wish you luck in all of your future endeavors, but I know that you will not need it." 

Rivermont Collegiate Graduates 
Jennah Davison, Summer Maurer Lawrence, Victoria Chinedum Mbakwe, Amanda McVey, Tang Ming Sui, Shravya Reddy Pothula.

(See original story on the Dispatch-Argus Website).

Grant Provides Scholarships To Summer Art Courses (QC Times)

With the assistance of a grant from the Quad-City Arts Arts Dollar$ program, Rivermont Collegiate in Bettendorf will waive tuition for Summer at Rivermont art courses for low-income students.

Summer at Rivermont offers a variety of summer enrichment courses for preschool through eighth grade. The program is held on the Rivermont  campus in Bettendorf.

Candidates for art scholarships are encouraged to enroll early because of the limited amount of grant money and courses are filled on a first come, first served basis. 

Art courses offered include Digital Photo Phrenzy (4th-8th grade, June 30-July 3), Mythical Clay Creatures (1st-3rd grade, July 7-18), Amazing Architecture in Clay (4th-6th grade, July 7-18), Screen Printing Extravaganza (3rd-8th grade, July 21-25), and Mural Masters (5th-8th grade, July 28-Aug. 1).

For details on courses and scholarship eligibility and to enroll, visit www.RivermontCollegiate.org or pick up an application at Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf.

(See original story on the QC Times website).

Cosmos Student of the Week: Nikhil Wagher (Fox 18)

Nikhil In honor of the TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" that airs on Your Fox 18 every Sunday night, we're recognizing local science scholars with our "Cosmos Student of the Week"

This week's featured student is Nikhil Wagher, a Rivermont Collegiate student who is really aiming high with his interest in science and engineering.

"I do a lot of stuff. I'm in aviation class, I build stuff, as you can see I built an airplane," Wagher said.

It's an airplane the 13-year-old can actually sit in. It was built from scratch and his own design, learning from trial and error as he went.

"It took me about three weeks combined hours to built it, design it and test it," Wagher said.

He says he's not much into flying - just creating:

"I started out with a scooter with cardboard wings, I was in fourth grade, drove off the stoop, got a bloody knee and couldn't quite figure out why it didn't fly," he recalled.

Of the many projects he's worked on, this latest one soars to new heights, at least briefly:

"I jumped out and ran, jumped back in and pulled up the elevator like this that way the air deflected and it popped up in the air and landed it. All in this shed," he said.

Wagher's one-man plane won Grand Champion in the junior high physical science category at the State Science Fair of Iowa, and several other awards.

It also got him nominated to be the Cosmos Student of the Week.

"That was a complete surprise," Wagher said.

And now, he sees his future taking flight.

"I really, really want to go to MIT," he said. "I just want to be an aeronautical engineer."

He hopes to work for Boeing someday. But, for now, he's building planes on his own. His next one, he says, will be a bigger one, made out of aluminum.

"I'm not some crazy smart guy. I just followed what I like to do," he said.

Fox 18 congratulates Nikhil Wagher for being our Cosmos Student of the Week.

If you know a local student who excels at science that you think should be a Cosmos Student of the Week, just fill out the nomination form on our website.

The TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. on Your Fox 18.

We will be featuring a different science scholar every week in our newscast immediately after the show.

(See original story on the Fox-18 website).

Cosmos Student of the Week: Suhas Seshadri (Fox 18)

SuhasIn honor of the TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" that airs on Your Fox 18 every Sunday night, we're recognizing local science scholars with our "Cosmos Student of the Week"  honor.

This week's featured student is Suhas Seshadri, a Rivermont Collegiate junior who's already using his smarts to do some good.

At 16 years old, Suhas Seshadri is a dedicated pianist. He spends a lot of his at-home time tickling the ivories, or he's in his study room working on things like anatomy and physiology. 

Suhas says he would like to get into the medical field someday, potentially cardiology.

"The heart is so interesting. It's a small organ but can do so much. It's what keeps us alive as well," he said.

Science has had a special place in his heart since middle school and this term Suhas is volunteering as a chemistry lab assistant working with other students. In India this past summer for a family vacation Suhas wanted to complete his junior year service project working with a local school. He volunteered for a week to help teach classes and reorganize their school library.

Back at home he's also raising money to continue to help those students.

"These kids don't have the proper resources and the president of the school wants to provide them with that and there are a lot of smart kids there

As a local science scholar his teacher nominated him to be Cosmos Student of the Week.

"I was the first one nominated from the school. I was like, wow that's big. So it's an honor," Suhas said.

If you're interested in helping Suhas in his efforts to raise funds for the school in India, more information is available online at the following sites:

The local charity where checks can be written to:
ICON Charities Inc. Memo Line: "Adarsha Vidya Mandira"
Address:
ICON Charities, Inc.
PO Box 552
Bettendorf, IA 52722-0010 (USA)

Fox 18 congratulates Suhas Seshadri for being our Cosmos Student of the Week.

If you know a local student who excels at science that you think should be a Cosmos Student of the Week, just fill out the nomination form on our website.

The TV series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" airs every Sunday at 8 p.m. on Your Fox 18. 

We will be featuring a different science scholar every week in our newscast immediately after the show. 

(See original story on the Fox-18 website).

Your Space: March 22, 2014 (Dispatch)

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Dalton Garrison, of Rock Island; Camryn Flippo, of Moline, and Nate Gustafson, of Rock Island, play pool at Salem Lutheran Church, Moline.

Chloe Hurley, Emily Soriselli and Emily's baby sister, Ashlyn DeSmet, all of Moline, had a cupcake makin' day recently. They had a lot of fun!

Rivermont Collegiate second grader Brandon Hu, of Davenport, met Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds earlier this month when he was honored as a recipient of the Governor's Award as part of Youth Art Month. Brandon's work will be on display in the Governor's offices through the month of March. Each year, art educators in the state of Iowa can submit 10 pieces of student work from their district to be included in the Youth Art Month exhibit at the State Historical Building in Des Moines, according to a press release. The exhibit features artwork from over 200 students from across Iowa. Artwork from six Rivermont students, including Brandon, was selected for exhibit. Brandon was the only QC student to receive the Governor's Award, according to the release.

Hailey Fulkerson, of Moline; Nate Gustafson, of Rock Island, and Camryn Flippo, of Moline, have some fun on rowing machines during a recent Salem Lutheran Church outing to Augustana College in Rock Island.

(See original story on the Dispatch-Argus website).

Rivermont Gets Grant To Help Garden (Bettendorf News)

Rivermont Collegiate has received a $300 grant through the Iowa 80 / CAT Scale Go Iowa Fund. The grant will be used for the Rivermont Community Garden in Bettendorf and help purchase replacement topsoil, pots, seeds, starter plants, and other tools and equipment.

Rivermont’s chapter of the National Junior Honor Society started the garden in 2011 and it has since expanded to include a greenhouse. Students work to plant, cultivate, and harvest fruits and vegetables, most of which are donated to a local food pantry. Leigh Ann Schroeder is the community garden faculty advisor.

The Iowa 80 / CAT Scale Go Iowa Fund was established by Iowa 80 Truckstop and CAT Scale Company. The fund makes grants that benefit Iowa-based charities, Iowa activities, or to organizations that have a presence in Iowa.

For more information on the Iowa 80 / CAT Scale Go Iowa Fund, visit iowa80group.com. For more information on Rivermont Collegiate, visit rvmt.org.

(See original story on the Bettendorf News website).

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