Rivermont in the News

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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.

Rivermont Students Take 1st Place in 3D 3R Sculpture Contest

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Hannah Laufenberg and Nikhil Wagher with their sculpture titled Refunction, Dysfunction!

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Laylon Baucom with his team's sculpture titled Not Half Bad.

Congratulations to Nikhil Wagher and Hannah Laufenberg who took 1st place in their age group for their 3D 3R sculpture titled, Refunction, Dysfunction! They created a prosthetic arm holding hands with a real arm to exhibit the importance and growing advances in prosthetics that help people who have lost limb function in their daily lives. They repurposed over 20 different materials including items such as copper sheeting, cardboard, aluminum cans, old keys and hair curlers.

Congratulations to Laylon Baucom! His team’s sculpture titled, Not Half Bad, took 1st place in their age group for their 3D 3R sculpture. Not Half Bad was created using items such as milk cartons, egg cartons, soda bottles, toothbrushes, and junk food adds. Students juxtaposed the positive impacts of a healthy lifestyle and the negative impacts of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Students had 2 hours to create a sculpture out of repurposed, recycled, re-useable materials following the theme “Technology for Health”. This event took place at the Figge Art Museum on Saturday, October 17th and was organized by Global Awareness Citizens.  

All of the students’ sculptures will be on exhibit at Bucktown Center for the Arts, 225 E. 2nd Street, Suite 102 & 104, Davenport, Iowa 52801 at the Bereskin Fine Art Gallery & Studio.

Great collaborative efforts and fun at the Figge!

Award-winning Author Margi Preus to Visit Rivermont Collegiate

Margi Preus

Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Rivermont Collegiate, 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf

The media is invited.


  • 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. - Reading of her picture book "The Legend of the Lady Slipper" in Becherer Hall Auditorium
  • 9:25 to 11:30 Presentations and Q&A in Becherer Hall Auditorium
  • 12:20 to Approx. 2:30 - Afternoon activities and book sale in the Mansion

Paul Ziebarth of Barnes and Noble will offer for sale a selection of Preus’s works and other titles. Margi will sign her books, even those purchased previously -- all in the mansion first floor in the afternoon.

About the Author:

Margi Preus is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author and playwright. Her novels for young readers have received multiple awards including a Newbery Honor and the Asian Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature, and have been selected as ALA/ALSC Notable Books, Notable Books for a Global Society, and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick. Visit:

Hundreds of children fill the Putnam for Lego competition (QC Times)

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Hundreds of kids screamed, jumped up and down and shouted encouragement to each other Sunday at the Putnam Museum, Davenport.

As loud as any sporting event and every bit as energy-packed, the children, ages 9-14, were part of the First Lego League challenge. To successfully complete the challenge, teams built and programmed a Lego Mindstorms robot.

Through hands-on experience and working in teams on Saturday and Sunday, children used problem-solving skills to address a real-world issue, said Nichole Myles of Moline, chief education and experience officer at the Putnam, which hosted the event. Teams, Myles said, were judged on their robot, their research project and core values that include how well the children worked within their teams.

Through the competition, children gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology, Myles said. About 2,400 people, including families, students and Lego competition volunteers went through the Putnam's doors over the weekend, she said.

“The Putnam sees itself as a community resource,” she said. STEM education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is an important part of what the Putnam offers in its STEM center that opened earlier this year.

The competition, she added, is “all the things the Putnam represents. And it’s a wonderful showcase for the kids.”

Many teams came from schools in the region, and others were composed of students from churches or other organizations.

Tournament Director Pat Barnes, program director of Global STEM, Corporate Citizenship Center of Excellence for Deere & Co., also serves as a board member for the Quad-City Engineering and Science Council.

Additionally, Barnes is program director for the John Deere Inspire, a global initiative designed to encourage the next generation of innovators through education in STEM, along with connections and hands-on experiences with the real world.

Deere provides grants for the Lego teams, as well as volunteer judges, mentors and referees, he said.

“Forty percent of our salaried employees worldwide work in a STEM-related role,” Barnes said.

A whoop went up from a team just across the room from Barnes and Myles.

“These kids are so excited and their families are so excited,” Myles said. “This is like Friday night football … and it’s math and science!”

Not only do the teams learn problem-solving, math and science, but “gracious professionalism” is part of the core values on which the teams are judged, Barnes said: “The idea is not to win at the cost of somebody else.”

The children, Myles said “are presenting their own ideas and their own solutions in their own way.”

Teacher Sheryl Kennedy, of Camanche, Iowa, accompanied her Action Management Agency team that included fourth-grade boys and girls.

“They’re all rookies in Lego League,” she said. “We are playing with the big guys.”

The students on her team were required to have good test scores, she said. “They are so thrilled to be here,” she said. “They knew they would be competing against other kids from bigger school districts.”

The Camanche team, she said, was “sure we rocked the core values, because they took turns and helped each other.”

“I think it’s pretty cool to be here,” said team member Eva Gifford, 10, of Camanche. “I get to see all of these other people perform.” The team’s presentation included a song.

(Originally published in the Quad City Times on December 14, 2014. By Linda Cook)

Rivermont sudents put STEM skills to test (QC Times - Bettendorf News)

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Rivermont Collegiate sixth-grader Ben Bergfeld envisions his ideal workplace having a rooftop swimming pool where he could relax or take a swim over his lunch break.

Last week, Ben took his daydream to the next step when he designed the multicolored skyscraper using 3D software and printing during Jenna McAdam’s science class.

“It’s just something cool I thought of,” Ben said.

McAdam received the school’s 3D printer earlier this month, and her 22 sixth-grade students each created their own building model with the architectural features to withstand earthquakes.

McAdam handed out laptops, introduced the design software Google SketchUp and discussed the basics of designing solid structural foundations before letting her students get to work.

“They have very big imaginations at this age, and I just let them go,” she said.

Cory Satterfield, a structural engineer at Shive-Hattery, visited McAdam’s class last week and presented various technical features of earthquake-proof buildings.

Drawing a few blank stares as he handed out documents from an American Society of Civil Engineering textbook, Satterfield explained how he basically designs buildings to withstand any seismic or wind pressures.

“I’m trying not to make it too difficult, but unfortunately it’s difficult in nature,” Satterfield said. “Anytime they’re exposed to science, technology and engineering (often called STEM), it allows them to think about things differently, and hopefully this will lead them in that direction because there is always a need of people in these fields.”

This week, McAdam planned to put her students’ creations to the test by placing the building models in a dirt-filled plastic tub before simulating an earthquake.

“If they stay up, they have a pretty good design,” McAdam said.

Complete with windows, support beams, stairs, various entrances and chimney stacks, Angela Jones' miniature office building model she imagines standing in New York City took an hour to produce in her classroom’s printer.

“I always imagine something from a computer as being flat, but with a 3D printer you can make whatever you want look exactly how you want it to,” Angela said.

Michael Cumberbatch said he had only seen a 3D printer in the newspaper before experimenting with it in science class.

“If there’s an earthquake, mine won’t fall over,” Michael said. “And I’m thinking of maybe being an engineer when I grow up. It sounds pretty cool.”

As her students researched various architectural styles and watched their imaginations come to life, McAdam said this technology has allowed her students to gain skills they might use in the workforce.

“There’s a career in building buildings, and this is just the first step on that career path," McAdam said.

(Originally pubished in the Quad City Times on November 26, 2014. By Jack Cullen)

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