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John Deere Expressway expansion project closes lanes, I-74 ramp ANDREW BALL NEWS EDITOR

MOLINE — With construction season officially here, various projects have begun across the Metro. One of the larger plans is the John Deere Expressway expansion project. Crews will begin working to transform the expressway into six lanes from the current four. Work will be done to the eastbound side from I-74 to 70th Street. Crews have adjusted the west bound lanes to accommodate all four lanes of traffic. On the week of April 10, a traffic pattern switch took place, moving traffic to the westbound side so crews can work on the east bound lanes. The ramp from I-74 Iowa bound to the expressway eastbound has also also been closed due to the project. Crews have detoured traffic onto the ramp from I-74 Iowa bound to the west bound expressway. Traffic will then leave the westbound expressway onto the Illinois bound I-74. Then, traffic will enter the estbound John Deere Expressway from I-74 Illinois bound, unltimatly creating a loop (refer to ramp guide at right). The whole project is expected to be finished by July 2019. More than 35,000 travel the expressway every day.

RAMP CLOSURE GUIDE

I-74 Iowa bound to John Deere Expressway

District revokes 2017-18 district calendar, approves new version

ANDREW BALL NEWS EDITOR

The school board revoked the previously approved calendar at a March 6th meeting, issuing a new calendar for the 2017-18 school year. The original calendar added a week-long fall break to the school year, similar to that of Neil Armstrong’s two weeks off for fall break each year. However, the break pushed back the beginning and end of each quarter, cutting down on time for spring semester AP classes. An Iowa state law was signed into effect in 2015 preventing schools from starting the school year before August 23. The law cut down on lesson times for AP classes in the spring as the second semester doesn’t start until nearly two weeks after winter break. AP tests take place in early May, just as they did before the state law, cutting down teaching time by nearly two weeks. The previously approved calendar would have narrowed down lesson time even more. “When you’re scraping for time - every day counts, every minute counts; especially in AP in the spring, and so that particular calendar with the fall break would’ve

subtracted another five days,” Kelly Ager told Andrew Ball and Lily Broyles on New Day in March. Many parents and staff throughout the community protested the approved calendar, which was later revoked. In the newly approved calendar, the fall break was shortened to a long weekend and early dismissals will take place every Wednesday at 2:10.

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THE GROWL EDITORIAL

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The following are 13 reasons why the series does not deserve support from the viewing public. 1. Negativity: In the book, and in the series, the female lead, Hannah Baker, is a very negative character. Throughout the plot she continues to point out all the bad things happening in her life, and she does not stop to think about the positive things that have happened to her. 2. Coping skills: Along with reason one, Baker does not show any positive coping skills to deal with her illness. You do not witness, or read about her going to therapy, taking medication, or Baker receiving support from her family. This can lead to other people to not reach out for help when feeling depressed or suicidal. 3. Blame: Baker accuses 13 people why she committed suicide and gets satisfaction out of it. When you listen to the first tape, you hear Baker explaining that she wants others to feel guilty for being a reason why

You should not support ‘13 Reasons Why’ she committed suicide. As this series is for a teen audience, we don’t believe you should promote blame as a way to cope with your issues. 4. Mental Illness: The series does not properly address mental illness even though the series is based on mental illness. 5. Sexual Assault: Harassment and sexual assault are a big part of Baker’s backstory. In episode 12, you witness Bryce, a popular jock who attends their school, assaulting Baker in a hot tub. Along with Baker, her friend Jessica is also assaulted by Bryce at a house party. Author Jay Asher tells Buzzfeed that his goal was to make people uncomfortable, so they would understand the pain. However, this very graphic scene has known to be too graphic for some audience members and can be triggering. 6. Asking for help: Baker rarely goes to trusted adults and talks with them about her feelings. For people who are struggling with a difficult situation in life, they often

talk to a friend, family member, or a trusted adult. Yet, Baker does not do any of this and assumes what she thinks is right. 7. Guilt: The plot of the book and the series strongly shows Baker getting satisfaction from other people’s guilt. However, knocking down others to improve your own feelings is a negative way to cope with a difficult situation. 8. Entertainment: Branching off from reason number five, the plot is more entertainment based than awareness based. Because it does not accurately show what it’s like to live with a mental illness, it does not allow it to be informational. This is not based on true events, nor is it based on a true story. A plot like this dealing with many serious topics should be informational, not entertaining. 9. Triggers: The storyline covers many sensitive topics and can be dangerous for those with mental illness to witness. The plot covers roughly four different topics someone could be triggered by: Bullying, sexual assault, depression, and suicide. If you have experienced one of these topics, then watching and/or reading the series could strongly trigger past emotions.

Professional musicians visit JENNA BAKERIS REPORTER Simply Three, a group of three string players consisting of a violin, cello, and bass, performed at Bettendorf High School on April 10. The group has three members, Glen McDaniel on violin, Zack Clark on cello, and Nicholas Villalobos on bass. All three members of the group attended music school. The group started in 2010 when they were told “they had it.” Clark and Villalobos went to high school together. The two met McDaniel while they were on a tour and needed a new violin. The group recreates popular songs, “Secrets” by Onerepublic and “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran, but they also create their own music. “Maverick” is an original song that was made when they were messing around with different cords

before a show. Musical inspirations for the group are 21 Pilots, Muse, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. During concerts, Simply Three has their music videos playing behind them, along with a light show. The group performed a free concert in the Performing Arts Center on April 11. They performed “Ghost Town, “Heathens” by 21 Pilots, “Take Me to Church,” by Hozier, “Summertime Sadness” by Lana Del Rey, and some original songs. The group encourages finding one’s passion and sticking with the passion. When the group asked students if they knew what their passion was, about half of the students raised their hands. The group encouraged the students who knew their passion to go

work in that field. For the students that did not know, the group reassured that there is still time for their passion to be found. “You are going to be happy working in your passion and you will be successful in your passion,” Villalobos said. “I really enjoyed the group because they played songs off the radio. I feel that the group might encourage others to play other music than just classical,” freshman Olivia Vincent said. Simply Three’s next performance is May 6 at Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah.

10. Seeking help: When Baker reaches out to her counselor, the counselor rejects Baker’s signs of depression. This is an unrealistic example of what would happen, as if you asked for help from a school counselor, you would receive help. 11. Making an impact: When Baker leaves the tapes for her peers to listen to, her goal is for them to listen and understand what she went through. However, suicide is not the correct outlet to make an impact, as anyone can make a difference or be vocal in their everyday life. 12. Suicide is a key part of what made the series step too far. In the last episode, you witness Baker’s suicide which can be very triggering and possibly life threatening to those who suffer from depression and/or suicidal thoughts. 13. Awareness: For those who do not suffer from a mental illness, this poorly portrays what it’s like to deal with one. For people who are depressed and/or suicidal, they often try outlets for help, and there are often warning signs that a close friend or family member will notice. The truth: If you are feeling depressed, suicidal, or having emotional problems, contact a school counselor or trusted adult for help. Help is always available, which is missing from the series.

Dear Damaris: No motivation Dear Damaris, I can’t seem to focus towards the end of the year. With the weather being niceschool almost over, I fear for my motivation the next few months of school. What can I do to stay on top of things? Sincerely, No Hope Dear No Hope, Don’t give up! The end is near, and doing well now is extremely important. I know that this time of the year brings laziness among students, but keep in mind the implications of doing well during the end of the year. Your performance now can affect your future. You have all summer to unwind, so get busy now! Reward yourself with your favorite things at the end of the school week, find friends to stay motivated with together, and remember that at the end of the tunnel lies summer. Sincerely, Damaris

Simply Three Music

The 2017 Beacon yearbook will be available the first week of school in August. Seniors can have the book mailed to them for $5--drop the fee off in the Activity Office or the Journalism Lab. Extra books will be available for purchase for $75.


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Preparing for a roarin’ good time:

What to expect at Prom and After Prom

ALLY GALLAGHER REPORTER

Each year, seniors have the opportunity to attend Prom in high fashion. Dressed to the nines, students crowd into a ballroom to enjoy their last high school dance t o g e t h e r. This year, the Davenport RiverCenter will host the Roaring ‘20’s/Great G a t s b y t h e m e d event on May 6 from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. Students will be greeted with tall vases stuffed with feathers, pearls, and black and white photos of Bettendorf seniors as well as gold, black, and white balloons

adorning the walls and entranceway to match the 1920’s era. There will be a supervised area for students to store their personal belongings during the dance. After dancing the night away at the RiverCenter, seniors and their dates are welcomed to continue their Gatsby-esque evening at the high school. Lasting from 11:30 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., the After Prom Event, or A.P.E., offers a fun parent-run event to end the night. Students can munch on free pizza, Chick-Fil-A, Buffalo Wild

Wings, chips, popcorn, snack mix, and candy between playing rounds of laser tag and Zorb ball soccer or taking pictures in a 1920’s style car cutout. Ten to fifteen daring students will also be hypnotized on the PAC stage, surely making a scene and providing laughs for their classmates. Every Bettendorf senior attending will receive a prize, over 100 gift cards will be raffled off throughout the night, and larger prizes such as televisions and mini refrigerators will be raffled off at the end of the night.

Tickets for Prom and A.P.E. will be available in the activities office beginning Tuesday, April 25. While tickets for both events are free, all students need one to be admitted. Students are encouraged to attend both events, as they are sure to be a roarin’ good time.

Shopping with debit or credit HOLLY HARRINGTON REPORTER At Bettendorf High School, the majority of students own and frequently use a debit or credit card. Students can be seen purchasing clothes, food, and other items at any store in the Quad Cities, and they usually pass on cash. While there are many perks to credit and debit cards, cash is usually the safer option. With cards, there is the possibility of theft. It is incredibly easy to steal card information. Thieves use a variety of tools to steal, including faulty card readers, skimmers, and computer hacking. Cash can be stolen, but it is far more noticeable and much easier to handle

In addition to theft, cards allow for more frivolous spending. With debit cards, the money is immediately withdrawn from the user’s bank account. Credit cards allow the user to charge money as credit and pay the money back at the end of a period. On the other hand, cash directly leaves the user’s hand and is gone “It is easier to impulse buy with a card because you cannot actually see the money,” BHS junior, Leah Evans said Those that choose to spend cash are typically more frugal with their money, choosing to create budgets and adjust the amount of money they carry. Debit and credit card users typically underestimate the amount of money they have spent and

are shocked to see their balance Evans said, “I think that both cash and cards have their advantages, and it depends on the situation that you are in. A positive of cards is their ability to track spending. While cash purchases can be recorded in a checkbook or using receipts,

items from the comfort of their homes. Students who choose to utilize online retailers can only make purchases with credit or debit cards, posing a problem for those that prefer cash. This same issue occurs when buying tickets for concerts, movies, and events

card purchases are automatically deducted and noted. Many choose to use a banking app or website to view their purchases and balance, allowing for easy budgeting at any time of day “I prefer debit cards because it is easier for me to track,” Evans said BHS students love online shopping, as it allows for students to shop and purchase

There are a multitude of benefits for using cash, credit, or debit as a high schooler. Some prefer the ease of having just one card as opposed to multiple bills and coins, but others appreciate the control of cash. Either way, BHS students are learning to spend their money wisely by experimenting with different forms of payment.


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Younkers and Von Maur at Moline’s SouthPark Mall.

ANDREW BALL NEWS EDITOR

QUAD CITIES RETAIL Unique history, progressive future

IOWA’S OLDEST

The mall’s biggest change came in 1985 when the mall was enclosed and at this time Marshall’s replaced Eagle as an anchor store. By the 1990’s, the mall had three anchors and 60 stores consisting of local and national retailers; however, by the late ‘90’s the mall began to change for the

Creek Plaza, a new phase in Quad City retail had begun. Today the mall has grown to nearly one million square feet of shopping, entertainment, and dining. With five anchor stores of Von Maur, Dillard’s, J.C.Penney, Younkers, and Sears and 160 stores, the mall continues to operate with nearly 44 years under its belt. In a time when suburban shopping malls continue to decline, NorthPark draws tourists and locals alike. A year after the opening of NorthPark Mall, its Moline counterpart, SouthPark, opened its doors at the intersection of John Deere Expressway and 16th Street. By 1987, city officials were calling the area around the mall Moline’s new downtown. After years of hardship at the mall, Sears announced it would close its SouthPark store in 2013. In 2014, the mall began a series of renovations, including a demolition of the former Sears and food court, along with indoor and outdoor renovations to the mall. Today, a more modern SouthPark is home to five anchor stores of Von Maur, Dillard’s, J.C.Penney, Younkers, and

Iowa’s first suburban-style shopping center opened March 1. 1956, on a less busy W. Kimberly Road. The Village Shopping Center near the corner of Kimberly Road and Northwest Boulevard has been open and operating for 61 years and is coined as Iowa’s oldest. It was a new style of shopping introduced to the Quad Cities that didn’t involve shopping in downtown stores. The developer, Robert Silberstein, The Village Shopping Center depicted one year after its completed a similar completion in a 1957 map of the Iowa Quad Cities project in Peoria two years prior to worse. the Davenport project. Skeptics thought In 1999, Von Maur decided to close its that shoppers would never leave their Duck Creek store and Younkers followed downtown stores; however, Silberstein in 2001. Rumors of Famous-Barr (Macy’s) brought something new to the Quad Cities moving into Younkers never came true. that would forever change the course of the By 2003, Bettendorf approved plans to area’s retail. redevelop the mall, bringing forth the plans In 1973, an addition was made to the for the present day plaza. center’s east side, including a new Eagle The first businesses to go up in 2003 Foods store (present day Planet Fitness and were Home Depot and Walgreens. The rest Furnish 123). of the mall was demolished in early 2004 In 1987, a new addition was completed to make was for Iowa’s first Schnucks in the corner space between the center’s Supermarket and parking. Marshall’s original two wings, opening a new TJ settled into its new location in May 2004, Maxx. Many stores have come and gone along with other tenants of the former mall. over the center’s run, but a new breath of Schnucks opened a year later, as well as the life has kept the center operating. Quad Cities’ first Starbucks. In 2016, renovations were completed A few years later, the shopping plaza, at the center, including a new retail store, home to a former Target, was demolished Ross Dress for Less, that opened in March to make way for a freestanding Burlington 2017. Coat Factory, strip malls, and now a Pizza Today, the Village Shopping Center lives Ranch. Duck Creek Plaza as it was in 1985. on into its 61st year. In 2014, the former Holiday Inn and THE FORGOTTEN MALL After 13 years since its demolition, the only thing that remains of the former Duck Creek Plaza is the Triumph Community Bank tower. Duck Creek Plaza, Iowa’s second shopping mall, opened August 18, 1960, as an open-air, outdoor mall anchored by Younkers and Eagle Foods. By 1972, Petersen Harned Von Maur opened its first mall-based department store. In 1973, an expansion was made for a movie theater and the bank tower.

surrounding area across from the plaza was demolished to make way for a new gas station, strip mall in which Starbucks moved, and a Hilton Garden Inn.

Dick’s Sporting Goods, as well as 60 other retail shops, eating establishments, and entertainment venues.

COMPANIONS IN RETAIL

A PROGRESSIVE FUTURE IN QUAD CITY RETAIL

It opened Wednesday, July 11, 1973, as Iowa’s largest indoor shopping center with 700,000 square feet of space. With work that dated back to 1967, NorthPark Mall had officially opened. Developed by two brothers by the name of Matthew and Martin Bucksbaum, who had already developed Bettendorf’s Duck

Today, many of the area’s most prominent retail stores are located along Elmore Avenue and 53rd Street, John Deere Expressway, and one of the fastest growing areas of 53rd in Bettendorf is between 18th Street and Middle Road. SouthPark was the last shopping mall to be built in the Quad Cities due to the rise in

popularity of strip malls, shopping plazas, and outlets. Today, many of those; such as Banana Republic, the Gap, Designer Shoe Warehouse and many more, are located on Elmore. However, many of the area’s focus on retail and dining have shifted back to the downtowns with a recent growth of development in Davenport, Moline, and Rock Island. In Davenport, many redevelopments have been made to existing buildings such as the Putnam-Parker block (City Square); plus new developments are being planned for the area around the former Rhythm City Casino that recently moved to Elmore near I-80 and I-74. Another hotspot in downtown Davenport is the Freight House near Modern Woodman Park, a former train warehouse turned into a hub for farmer’s markets, restaurants, and entertainment. In Rock Island, the district attracts many for its shops, dining, and entertainment. With its historical presence, the district has learned to mix in modern living, a vibrant nightlife, urban shopping, wide-ranging dining and a packed event and festival calendar bringing to new life to an area that once was the only life. John Deere Commons and the iWireless Center are an example that historical downtowns need the mix of modern life that Moline has captured. Once bustling with shops that have now moved to the mall, some of which have left for good, downtown Moline has recaptured the spirit of downtown entertainment. With multiple amenities for dining, shopping, and lodging, downtown Moline is still strong, now home to the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, John Deere Commons, the iWireless Center and many other companies including JPMorgan Chase and KONE’s United States division headquarters. Bettendorf’s downtown is seeing major plans of revitalization. In a town of mostly residential zoning, the new I-74 bridge has given Bettendorf a clean slate and a chance to develop a new downtown. Many roads in the downtown, including U.S. 67, have already been restructured to fit the plans of the new bridge and its ramps. According to plans, the downtown will see new retail, new urban living, and a new life.


STUDENT LIFE

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Natalie Peters, Hannah Krug, Alli Dykstra, Marisa Casas, Mason Chin, Katie Byrne, John Cavins, Holly Harrington, Ryan Longenecker discuss issues.

RSVP works hard to raise student voice

HOLLY HARRINGTON REPORTER

RSVP, Raising Student Voice and Participation, strives to include the student body in improving the school. The group of over 100 students holds summits during the first semester to discuss the environment, activities, facilities, and academics. Students involved in RSVP act as facilitators who lead discussions and record information. During summits, facilitators ask students what they like about the school and what they think can be improved. After students decide on what they would like to change about the school, they brainstorm solutions and ideas. Once the first summit is over, the lead team, a group of 19 students, led by advisor Daniel VanWinkle, that works hand-inhand with administration to improve the school, takes the information gathered

and begins to crunch numbers. The lead team tallies all of the ideas and finds what issues the student body wants to change the most. Then, they take the top 20 issues and form committees to begin working with administration and other adults to generate and suggest solutions. In the 11 years that RSVP has existed at the high school, the group has revised the cell phone and technology policy, added more color and decoration throughout the school, introduced new items to the lunch and a la carte menu, and provided increased seating options in locker bays and around the school. Each year, RSVP creates another option for student recognition or enrichment. A product of RSVP’s work last year is the Community Service Letter, awarded to students who sacrifice their time and effort to improve the community and serve

others. Throughout the 2016-2017 school year, RSVP has granted the wishes of the student body in a variety of ways. This year, RSVP created a PRIDE Time offering where students can learn American Sign Language. Katie Byrne, a senior on the RSVP lead team, is a member of the Community Service Letter and PRIDE Time committees. Currently, the Community Service Letter committee is preparing for the ceremony on May 1. Twenty-five students have earned Community Service Letters and pins this year. “I was a part of creating the Community Service Letter in its first year, so I wanted to keep working on it. I have seen the Community Service Letter develop from an idea into an annual program here,” Byrne said.

Presently, RSVP is attempting to create a system for students to be able to opt out of final exams. This would allow students that are in good standing in a class choose to not take the semester final. RSVP has taken on a number of projects this year, including making improvements to the bathrooms, locker rooms, music wing, and parking lots. Additionally, committees are working to create more PRIDE Time offerings and opportunities for students. This year, RSVP hopes to create a healthy environment for students that allows everyone’s voice to be heard. Each student at BHS is important and deserves to have a say in their education. “Student voice in a school is very important, and RSVP provides a way for students to express their ideas,” Byrne said.

Clockwise: FCCLA’s first ever lock-in in 2016, FCCLA attends DeWitt conference to meet other school’s FCCLA groups, FCCLA hosts a movie night for community members, Second Annual raking and bonding beginning at Village Inn and ending with raking yards across the community.

FCCLA holds year-end bonding event ANNETTE SCHNEIDER REPORTER

The second annual FCCLA lock in is Friday, April 28, from 6 to 9 p.m and will take place at Bettendorf High School. “The FCCLA lock in is when all members are invited to come to school after hours and participate in bonding activities,” Heidi O’Brien said. O’Brien, senior, is looking forward to playing the game spoons and completing the teacher scavenger hunt. “The teacher scavenger hunt is such a fun race, and the clues are always so

clever,” O’Brien said. O’Brien is also excited to be able to spend time with other members and get to know them better. “I recommend that every FCCLA member attends [the lock in] to bond with the other members and have fun,” O’Brien said. Erin Johnson, senior, joined FCCLA this year and is looking forward to being a part of the lock in. “I heard about all the fun activities the group did last year, which persuaded me to join,” Johnson said.

Johnson is also looking forward to bonding with other FCCLA members and completing the teacher scavenger hunt. “FCCLA is a great way to meet new people while volunteering and having fun. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to complete volunteer hours or make some new friends,” Johnson said. Megan Schade, senior, is looking forward to the activities and spending time with her friends. “I did not participate in the lock in last year, but I am excited for the teacher scavenger hunt because I think it will be a

lot of fun,” Schade said. Ashley Bodkin, junior, is looking forward to attending the lock in this year. “My favorite activity from last year was the teacher scavenger hunt. It was really fun running around the school trying to put the clues together,” Bodkin said. Bodkin enjoyed baking cookies last year with the other members and playing the different games. “I would really recommend everyone in FCCLA to come, if they can, because it is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get to know other members,” Bodkin said.


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‘Beauty and the Beast’ charmed audiences on April 6-9

‘Tale as old as time’ a hit Mrs. Potts (Molly Seybert) sings “Home (Reprise)” to Belle (Kailey Baxter) after Belle takes her father’s place as the Beast’s prisoner.

Cogsworth (Ben Tinsman) and the Beast (Tyler Wilson) see Belle with her father through the magic mirror.

Belle (Kailey Baxter) encounters wolves (Kassie Posey, Leah Evans, Jack Obert, and Ryan Fleming) after running away from the Beast’s castle.

Belle (Kailey Baxter) and Maurice (Grant Mougin) sing the fatherdaughter duet, “No Matter What.”

Jack Obert and Leticia Francisco dance to “Be Our Guest” as enchanted objects.

Monsieur D’Arque (Sam Hayles) sends Maurice (Grant Mougin) to the insane asylum with the help of villagers (Keaton Westerkamp and Alex Steele) after Maurice claims that a Beast lives in the castle.

Silly Girls (Laurel Braaten, Kalli Goerdt, and Ali Girsch) sing in Gaston’s tavern. Captions by Leah Evans, reporter

Student Spotlight: Zach Elias

Soccer Elias’ passion JILL SCHENCK REPORTER

For those who do not know Zach Elias, he is a junior and a soccer player who would describe himself as easygoing, but when committed to something, determined to see it through. Elias plays soccer for both the school and the Quad Cities United soccer club when BHS soccer is not in season. He attributes his interest of the sport to his father, a former college soccer player, who started Elias with soccer at a young age. Aside from the sport, Elias is involved with his church and also works as a referee for younger soccer students on weekends. “You’re kind of like a third coach on the field,” Elias said when describing working as a referee. On the field, Elias is an outside midfielder, which is a position where one attacks the ball from the side. He attributes his success to the encouragement of his father, especially during his early teen years. “When I was about 12 or 13, a lot of the kids were a lot bigger than me. I was kind of pushed around the field. My dad told me to keep working at it and keep my head up because everything was going to be all right.” As a student-athlete, Elias has practice every day after school and group lifting about three times a week after practice.

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Zach Elias (back) celebrates a good soccer play with his brother, George (front) a freshman. Elias likes the game because of its complexity and that it teaches players to stay humble because they always have room to improve. He describes the sport as unpredictable and exciting. “[In soccer], there are a lot of times when the improbable seems to happen, so you start to expect the improbable,” Elias said. Looking to continue his passion after high school, even though he does not know where he would like to go to college, he says that he would like to play college soccer and eventually major in molecular biology.

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Boys basketball finishes season strong MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR The Bettendorf basketball team returned to the Wells Fargo Arena for the first time since the era of Nicholas Baer, Dylan Sortillo, and Cole Clearman. Since that 2013-14 state tournament run, the Bulldogs have yet to make it state until this year by narrowly defeating North Scott on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 46-44. The Bulldogs faced off against the Sioux City East Black Raiders on March 8 at the Wells Fargo in Des Moines. The Bulldogs started off close with Sioux City as they fought back and forth for an early lead; however, at halftime the Raiders led the Bulldogs. Black Raider junior Van Rees was dominating the offense with 25 points on the game, and following him was

sophomore Aidan Vanderloo with 18. A 61-53. When the last buzzer sounded, majority of Sioux City points came from Bettendorf’s season was over after the inside the three-point first round of the state arc and 24 came from tournament. the free throw line. The boys in black Senior JMichael and gold had had Having the Young led Bettendorf astounding success opportunity to make this season, going in points against the Black Raiders with the state tournament 18-6 total in the season 20 and sophomore and winning the has been a goal of DJ Carton coming in Mississippi Athletic ours since freshman Conference. The team behind him with 12. Bettendorf gave up year, so reaching that was headlined by a 24 fouls compared to strong senior class goal felt great. Sioux City’s 14. with multiple seniors Even with a surge of leading the stat sheets. points after halftime Dylan Clearman led that included a pair -Justin Hutter, senior the Dogs in points with of dunks from senior 220, with 50 of those Suni Lane, it still was not enough for the points coming from three pointers, leading Bulldogs to pull past Sioux City, falling the team in that statistic as well. Behind

Clearman in total points came Young and Carton with 201 and 189, respectively. Carton, a sophomore, has showed his worth on the squad as he led the PPG with a 10.5 average. Along with Lane, senior Mark Kallenberger dominated the boards with rebounds in the triple digits for both. Looking towards next winter, the Dogs have quality talent coming back with Carton but have to fill in gaps that are left after a large senior class leaves the program this year. Open gyms have already started to begin the long journey back to the Wells Fargo Arena and a chance for a state title.

Boys and girls soccer hits the field MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR Soccer is alive as the boys and girls teams hit the ground running for the 2017 season. With strong returners on both lineups, Bettendorf is a force to be reckoned with in the MAC. Returning for the boys soccer program is Bradley University commit and starting centerback senior Jack Dunn who led the back line last year to a multitude of shutouts throughout the MAC season. Following Dunn is junior Blake Rollinger, a three-year starter for the team at center midfield. A junior and senior based team, the boys have already gotten off to a great start going 4-0 so far this spring. The offense has boasted lethal attacks with juniors Dustin Harris and Rollinger. The girls team also has serious talent returning with seniors Alina Steffen and Paige Wagner; both have dominated the offense over their high school careers. Steffen, an Indiana State commit for soccer, has had a prolific career in club and school soccer alike. The freshmen on the girls team have also been impressive with multiple starting or getting major minutes.

Left: Katie Byrne at April 4 home game against Davenport North. Below: Jack Dunn at April 7 home game against Assumption. Photos courtesy Cookiehead Photography

Both squads are currently undefeated as they roar through the MAC and make impressions across the state with both teams ranked in Iowa. The stage is set for another thrilling season on the pitch with Bettendorf soccer taking its role as a powerhouse in the MAC.


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Thousands attended Drake Relays in 2014.

Bettendorf athletes qualify for 108th annual Drake Relays ALLY GALLAGHER REPORTER Every year, track athletes around the state compete to get their times down and to qualify for the annual Drake Relays in Des Moines. This year’s relays takes place inDrake Relays is a similar concept to the state meet at the end of the season, but there are three main ways that the relays differ from the state meet: 1. Drake Relays is held in late April, just about half way through competition season. This makes it harder to qualify for because athletes have fewer opportunities

to drop their times and weather does not always cooperate earlier in the season. 2. At state in late May, there will be four classes, or divisions, competing separately. But, at Drake, all classes compete together even though the same number of athletes, or sometimes fewer depending on the event, qualify. 3. Drake Relays is not only a stage for the best high school athletes in the state, but for the best athletes in the world. Collegiate and even professional athletes race on the famous “big blue oval.” This year, seven Rio Olympians take a bid in the

JENNA BAKERIS REPORTER Every Tuesday and Saturday in the spring, members of the trap team compete for gold. Trap, the oldest shooting sport in the United States, involves a machine called a trap, which is where the name of the sport comes from. The trap throws clay targets in the air, and the shooter attempts to hit the target. Senior Tayler Andersen has been participating in trapshooting since her freshmen year. “My favorite part about trap is all the different events you can shoot in. Also, the people I have met during my trap career are amazing,” Andersen said. Trapshooting demands good hand-

eye coordination. Without hand-eye coordination, hitting the clay targets would be impossible. Having good balance also is a big part of shooting due to the back kick of the gun being so strong. Although trapshooting does not define large muscle areas, defining of the fine motor skill is done while shooting. Trapshooting can be done for a lifetime. The shooter with the highest score of the competition wins. Point are earned during rounds. Each round has a certain amount of clay birds to shoot and the number shot is the number of points earned. Normally, there are two rounds of 25. At state, the highest score is a 200. State competition is June 7-11.

1500 meter run for a competitive rematch. Among the field is Sioux City, Iowa’s own Shelby Houlihan, who holds the record for fastest 800 meter run in high school for the state. As for the Bettendorf boys and girls teams, athletes qualify in 15 events. Qualifiers include: Boys: • 110 hurdles: Suni Lane, 15.03 • 400 hurdles: Demari Nicholson, 54.78; Suni Lane, 55.02 • Discus: Cole Webster, 169-1;

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Shot Put: Cole Webster, 55-6 High Jump: Suni Lane, 6-4 4x100m relay: 44.06 4x200m relay: 1:31.16 4x400m relay: 3:25.73 Distance medley relay: 3:37.35

Girls: • 3000m: Trinity Borland, 10:41.34 • Long Jump: Erin McQuillen, 17-6 • 4x100m relay: 49.85 • 4x200m relay: 1:45.95 • 4x400m relay: 4:04.46 • Sprint medley relay: 1:49

A different sport: Trapshooting

Trapshooting team takes part in competition.

Tennis starts the season LEAH EVANS REPORTER

The boys and girls tennis season started successfully with boys undefeated and girls 3-6. Tennis is a less talked about sport in the spring, sharing its season with soccer, track, and girls golf, but is popular among newcomers. “The team and coaches are nice and teach you the sport if you don’t know what you’re doing,” Becca Davis said. This was Davis’ first time ever playing the sport. Among veteran players, it’s a relaxing

way to exercise and get outside. “I’ve been playing since I was four years old, but I wanted to join in high school because it is a pretty relaxed sport and the teammates are nice,” freshman Will Luebke said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the team improves as a whole and as individuals,” Nick Ratigan said, who has been playing since eighth grade. The boys and girls teams will be competing in the MAC Tournament on May 8 at North Scott High School and May 9 at Clinton High School.

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How to spend your Summer Blue Grass Drive-In Theatre

JENNA BAKERIS REPORTER “Out with the old, in with the new, goodbye skies of gray, hello skies of blue.” --from “High School Musical 2.” Summer is approaching quickly, and this means more complaining about how there is nothing to do in Iowa. With these tips and tricks, summer should be fabulous. Hiking in Scott County Park is a great day trip. With many different trails, one could be occupied for hours. Along the way, there are geocaching stops where you can find hidden objects. While on the hike, a picnic is a great lunch option. Go to picnic foods are sandwiches, potato and pasta salads, fruits, and vegetables. Do not forget water. Near Bettendorf, there are a few drive in theaters. Located in Delmar, near Maquoketa 61 drive in theater is about 40 minutes away. Movies that are being

shown are “Beauty and the Beast,” “Kong Skull Island,” and “Smurfs.” 61 drive in theater provides a concession stand for any snacking needs. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for kids, and four and under are free. Blue Grass Drive-In Theatre, in Blue Grass, is 30 minutes away. Some movies that are being shown are “Baby Boss,” “Kong Skull Island,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Lego Batman Movie,” and “Get Out.” Blue Grass Drive in Theater has a mini golf course that can be used before the movies start. Caving at Maquoketa Caves State Park is a free way to keep occupied in the summer. The park has six miles of trails that lead to entrances to caves. At the park, there are playgrounds and spots to stop to have a picnic. If caving is on your to-do list, make sure extra clothes and shoes are brought on your trip. Beaches are not only located along the

ocean,but also along the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities. Buffalo Shores Park is located off State Highway 22 at about a 30 minute drive. Camping is available at this beach along with playgrounds and beach volleyball. Princeton Beach is a 20 minute drive from Bettendorf. Located off River Drive, a boat ride is needed to get to the beach.

INDOOR ACTIVITIES During rainy days, there always seems to be nothing to do. Crafts are a simple way to keep occupied. Tie-dying is a fun summer activity. How to: • Have a shirt to tie dye, dye, and rubber bands • Soak the shirt before dying to hold color better • Wring out the shirt, fold in a pattern, and tie with rubber bands • Put the dye on the shirt in your

desired pattern Let the dye set for however long the instructions on the box says • Rinse the shirt with cold water • Wash the shirt alone • Dry on the coldest setting of the dryer or air dry Finding new restaurants that are hidden in the Quad Cities is always a must do in the summer. Located next to the Fright House, Fresh Deli is known for its homemade, made from scratch recipes. They have homemade popsicles and sodas. Another hidden gem in the Quad Cities is The Olive Tree Cafe. The Mediterranean style restaurant is located near Crust in Bettendorf. It serves flatbreads, gyros, kebabs, and salads in a relaxed restaurant setting. Whether you are indoors or outdoors this summer, using these tips will ensure a fabulous summer. •

Must read books of spring 2017

EMILY KIDWELL REPORTER

“Caraval” by Stephanie Garber Genres: Fantasy and romance Scarlette Dragna lives on a tiny island with her sister, Tella, and her cruel father, who has arranged a marriage for her. Scarlette believes her dreams of seeing Caraval, the annual audience participated show, is over. With the help of a mysterious sailor and her sister, her dreams came true, but Tella Goodreads has been kidnapped by Caraval. It turns out that this year’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her is the winner. Scarlette has been told that everything that happens for Caraval is an elaborate performance, but if Tella isn’t found in five nights, a domino of dangerous effects will be set off. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas Genres: Contemporary and realistic fiction Sixteen year old Starr Carter moves between the poor neighborhood where

she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The balance is quickly shattered when Starr witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the Amazon hands of a police officer. Everyone wants to know what happened that night, but the only person who can answer that is Starr.

“Daughter of the Pirate King” by Tricia Levenseller Genres: Fantasy and adventure 17 year old pirate captain intentionally allows herself to be captured by enemy pirates when she finds out the ruthless pirate king has learned about a legendary treasure map Amazon

hidden on an enemy ship. After all, who’s going to suspect a 17 year old girl trapped in a cell? “The Love Interest” by Cale Dietrich G e n r e s : Contemporary and young adult The secret organization, Love Interests, cultivates teenage spies. Goodreads Caden is a nice, Dylan is a bad, and both working the top of their game. They are both competing for the same girl, who is essential to the organization. Will she choose a nice or a bad? Whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die. “One of Us Is Lying” by Karen M. McManus Genres: Mystery, contemporary, and thriller “Pay close attention and you might solve this. On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention. Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule. Addy, the beauty, is

the picture-perfect homecoming princess. Nate, the criminal, is already on probation

for dealing. Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher. And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app. Only Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on Goodreads the loose?”


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How to make your spring

Fresh, fruity & sweet

GABRIELLE VANDERVINNE REPORTER

Spring is here, and with it comes new recipes full of different flavors. Many recipes include fresh fruit and other seasonal foods. Here are some recipes to make a nice spring lunch:

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Salt and pepper Optional: 1 tbsp diced jalapenos

Place all of the Oreos into a food processor and pulse until evenly crumbled. Add the cream cheese and pulse until the mixture is well-blended and smooth. Portion the mixture into small balls (about 1/4 cup balls) and roll each ball by hand into an

Cut up the whole pineapple and dice enough pineapple chunks to make one cup of diced pineapple. Mix the diced pineap-

The Gunny Sack Life Love Liz Raspberry Lemonade Slushie • • • •

2 cups fresh raspberries (frozen) Juice of 2 lemons 1/2 cup sugar 2 cups of ice cubes

Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

ple, diced tomatoes, diced peppers, minced onions, chopped cilantro and lime juice together in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix again and store in the fridge. Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad • • • •

Pineapple Salsa

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Whole pineapple 1 cup diced pineapple 1 cup diced peppers (any combination of red, orange, yellow, or green peppers) 1 cup diced roma tomatoes 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1/4 cup minced onion 2-4 tbsp lime juice

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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon golden balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon sugar 1 tablespoon roughly chopped fresh tarragon 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 6 cups loosely packed fresh spinach 6-8 large strawberries, hulled and quartered 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks 3-4 thinly sliced rings of red onion 1/4 cup feta cheese 2 tablespoons sliced almonds

Foodie Crush Whisk the extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, tarragon, kosher salt, and freshly ground black pepper together in a small bowl and set aside. Arrange the spinach, strawberries, and red onions in a bowl. Lightly toss with some of the previously prepared dressing. Top with sliced avocado, feta cheese, and almond slices. If you would like to add some protein to this salad, try marinating a chicken breast in the extra dressing. Marinate the chicken for about one hour in the fridge, then grill it until throughly cooked. Slice and add to the top of the salad. Easter Egg Oreo Truffles • • • •

1 package classic Oreos 1 package (8 ounces) of brick cream cheese, softened 8 ounces (about 2 cups) dark or semisweet chocolate chips, melted 4 ounces vanilla almond bark, melted

Gimme Some Oven egg shape. Place the eggs on parchmentlined baking sheets and place in fridge (or freezer) until hardened. Once the eggs have hardened, melt the dark or semisweet chocolate chips (chocolate or vanilla almond bark may be substituted). Once the chocolate chips are melted, dip the eggs into the melted chocolate. Roll the egg around until it is completely coated and transfer to another parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the freshly dipped eggs back in the fridge to harden. Melt the vanilla almond bark and drizzle or pipe onto the eggs for decoration.

Finding the Quad Cities’ best ice cream LEAH EVANS REPORTER Ice cream is a sweet treat for any time of the year. The most difficult decision is where to go to get the best version of the popular dessert. The Quad Cities has many options like Whitey’s, Dairy Queen, Cold Stone, Peachwave, and more. All of the ice cream shops have their own set of pros and cons. Whitey’s is a local favorite and one of the busiest ice cream locations, but for good reason. Whitey’s has over 30 regular flavors with seasonal flavors added like pumpkin, egg nog, and peppermint. Although Whitey’s is usually busy, the line moves pretty quickly in store and in the drive thru. One scoop in a regular cone costs $2.56 including tax. If you’re looking for something special or unique from Whitey’s think about getting a sherbet freeze, a menu item that many people don’t even know exists. You choose either orange or watermelon sherbet and add a flavoring. Watermelon sherbet with raspberry flavoring is a great mix. If you’re looking for something classic, chocolate chip cookie dough in a waffle cone is a great bet. The nearest Whitey’s locations are in Bettendorf on Middle Road, Davenport on East 53rd Street, and at Northpark Mall. Dairy Queen is a less elaborate ice cream store, with three ice cream flavors but many other ice cream treat options. Dairy Queen serves Blizzards, a thick

milkshake treat that comes in many flavors like cookie dough, banana split, Oreo, and Reese’s. Dairy Queen also serves sundaes,

Whitey’s Ice Cream Buster Bars, Dilly Bars, milkshakes, slushies, and ice cream cakes. At the Bettendorf and Northpark Mall locations,

Dairy Queen is also combined with Orange Julius, for their original twist on orange juice and fruit-flavored smoothies. Most stores aren’t too busy unless it’s the summer time. Dairy Queen is a great ice cream choice if you’re looking for classic choices. Cold Stone is a more expensive choice for ice cream, but is worth it. A small, which is approximately four ounces, is $4 and the price goes up as you add more toppings. The first topping is free, with each additional topping costing $0.75. You can also have your ice cream served in a waffle cone or bowl for an additional $1 or a chocolate dipped waffle cone or bowl for $2. The store is not very busy on most days. Although Cold Stone costs more than ice cream from other stores, it is a good place to go every once in awhile or for special occasions. Peachwave is a different type of frozen treat store because it serves frozen yogurt.

Peachwave is located in Bettendorf on Devils Glen Road and prices its yogurt at $0.45 per ounce. They have many flavors to choose from including chocolate, cupcake, pistachio, peanut butter, coffee, banana, and salted caramel. It also offers low fat or reduced sugar versions of some flavors. After you choose your flavor, you can add candy toppings, waffle cone pieces, gummies, and chocolate or caramel syrup. The store is pretty quiet and has comfortable seating and enjoyable music. Peachwave is a good option if you want a cold treat with a twist. Overall, the Quad Cities has a variety of ice cream and frozen treats to keep you always finding something new to try.

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A school week in her shoes:

Many snapshots of Annel Lueth •

ANNETTE SCHENEIDER REPORTER

Booties: Charlotte Russe

THURSDAY • Shirt: Forever 21 • Jacket: Forever 21 • Jeans: American Eagle • Shoes: Converse

MONDAY • Shirt: American Eagle • Cardigan: Forever 21 • Jeans: American Eagle • Sandals: Aeropostale

Tuesday

Friday

Thursday

Monday

FRIDAY • Shirt: American Eagle • Button down: Target • Jeans: American Eagle • Sandals: American Eagle

TUESDAY • Tank top: American Eagle • Button down: American Eagle • Jeans: American Eagle • Shoes: Doc Marten WEDNESDAY • Sweater: American Eagle • Jeans: American Eagle

“My fashion advice is to always try new things and never be afraid of judgment from others,” Annel Lueth said. Senior Lueth’s favorite stores to shop at are American Eagle and Forever 21 because of the different styles they offer. “I love working at American Eagle and how it has changed my style. It has showed me that it does not matter what brand you wear, but what is important is how you wear it,” Lueth said. Lueth’s favorite articles of clothing include dark jeans, a denim shirt and a utility jacket.

Wednesday

Strutting into spring

Fashion board’s spring shoot

STORY BY ANNETTE SCHNEIDER • PHOTOS BY NOAH JOHNSON • MODELS: NYAH BLOCK AND ISABELLE KUSSATZ Isabelle Kussatz • • •

Romper- Francessca’s Shoes- Von Maur Bracelets- Alex and Ani

Nyah Block • • • •

Shirts- Target Jeans- American Eagle Shoes- Birkenstock Bracelets- Alex and Ani

With spring in full blossom, many students are ditching their winter coats for spring outfits. Spring is a time to try new fashion pieces, whether that be a romper or army jacket. They are many styles that can fit this season from rain boots to flip flops. Isabelle Kussatz, senior, opted for a blue romper and heels, on one of the first warm days of the season. She also wore Alex and Ani bracelets to add a little extra touch to the outfit. Nyah Block, junior, chose to wear jeans with a light jacket paired with Birkenstocks. This is a very popular outfit choice among students because it is simple yet dressy. It does not matter what outfit you chose, but how you feel wearing that outfit.


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Spring movies coming soon NOAH JOHNSON Online Editor

Circa ‘21’s ‘The Music Man’ marches home to river city NOAH JOHNSON Online Editor

On March 15 Circa 21 opened “The Music Man.” “The Music Man” follows professor Harold Hill who poses as a boys band organizer. But he really is a con man only seeking to trick the people of this small Iowa town, River City, into giving him money and then skip town to never be heard from again. To start off his villainy he convinces the parents of River City that the pool table that just arrived will cause a lot of trouble. The librarian, Marian, the only person who knows how to teach music, sees through Hill’s vile scheme. Hill follows her home in hopes of flirting with her but she ignores him and doesn’t want a thing to do with him. At home, Marian helps a little girl with her piano lessons while arguing with her mother about high standards when men are concerned and telling her about the man who followed her home. When Marian’s self-conscious, lisping 10-year-old brother Winthrop arrives home, he has been getting teased and bullied but shortly after he meets

Harold Hill, who helps him overcome his fear and being less shy. When Marian sees that Hill helps Winthrop, she begins to have a change of heart for him. As the townspeople of River city keep trying to find out who Harold Hill really is, the band instruments and uniforms have finally arrived. As the story unfolds Hill has not only brought together a boys band which ultimately learns how to play together, but also brings together the townspeople, and maybe finds a little love along the way. The show’s main characters Marian and Harold Hill are played by Don Denton and Paige Salter, who not only have chemistry on stage but also are planning on getting married in September. This is the couple’s first show in which they are opposite each other in a romantic way. Recently they performed together in “Ghost the Musical.” They share the same passions. At one point during the show Salter says she that their real-life romance takes over the stage. When she sings songs directly to Don, you can just feel their love

in show just come to life. Everytime I hear this musical, it warms my heart. When a con man turns a town around and helps them grow and then falls in love with a local and seeing their story unfold just makes my whole day. Also knowing that real love has blossomed between the two main characters outside of the show makes the show worth it to watch. I recommend this show to everyone. IF YOU GO WHAT: “The Music Man” WHEN: Now playing through May 13. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings, dinner is served at 6 and the show begins at 7:45. For matinee shows on Sunday, dinner is served at 4 and the show begins at 5:45

1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Following the events of the first movie, the team continues its adventures as they travel the outer cosmos. The guardians must continue to fight to keep their newfound family together as they try to unravel the past and parentage of Peter Quill. This film hits theaters on May 5. 2. Everything, Everything Based on the bestselling novel, a 17 year old girl, Madeline Whittier, has a very rare disease that caused her to stay inside 24/7 with her air filtered. Her whole life is her mom, Carla (her nurse), book, and the view from her windows. One day a moving truck pulls in next door, and she spots her new neighbor Olly. They get to know each other through texting, and the more Olly and her talk, the more they begin to fall in love. Olly starts to make Madeline realize she is not really living, and one day she leaves the protection of her home and begins the new adventures of their lives together. This film hits theaters on May 19. 3. Alien: Covenant This film is the second prequel to “The Alien films.” Following the events of “Prometheus” the crew of the colony ship Covenant is bound for a planet on the far side of the galaxy. They discover what they believe to be paradise but it is a new dark and dangerous world. When they uncover a threat that is beyond imagination, they must attempt to escape and make it out alive. This film hits theaters on May 19.

WHERE: Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island HOW MUCH:To buy tickets, $29.9949.50, and for more information visit circa21.com.

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