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University of Iowa News Release

June 3, 2005

Belin-Blank Center Names Meritorious Inventors

The University of Iowa's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has announced the names of 60 meritorious inventors for their entries at the 2005 Invent Iowa state convention on the Iowa State University campus in Ames April 30.

The winning inventors each will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Additionally, six of the meritorious inventors were awarded $500 scholarships from the UI and Iowa State colleges of engineering. The scholarship can be applied toward tuition if the students decide to attend either of the universities' engineering schools.

The Belin-Blank Center, part of the UI College of Education, coordinates Invent Iowa. The annual state convention takes place on the UI and ISU campuses alternating years, bringing together students in third-grade through high school to demonstrate inventions that they think will make life easier for people.

The 2006 convention will take place on the UI campus.

Students are encouraged to develop inventions that generally meet the requirements for a patent in the United States: they must be "new, useful and non-obvious." Students are also encouraged to keep journals chronicling their inventions' development from concept to completion.

To reach the state convention, inventions must first qualify at local and regional conventions sponsored by the state's 15 Area Educational Agencies in the months leading up to the state convention.

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized as a state meritorious inventor. Students are listed alphabetically below, by city, first name, last name, invention, grade, school and school city. If students received additional awards, that information will follow the name of their inventions. Iowa students are listed first.

IOWA

Adel: Sam Cook, System Automated Memory, fifth, De Soto Intermediate ADM School District, Adel

Albia: Becca Mason, No-Drip Cone, third, Lincoln Center, Albia

Anita: Cullen Turner, Glow-N-Go, third, Anita Elementary, Anita. Turner is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Audubon: Matthew Hansen, EZ Rester, eighth, Elk Horn-Kimballton, Audubon

Bettendorf: Angela Edwards, Hold-A-Dog, fifth, Paul Norton Elementary, Bettendorf

Bettendorf: Jason Stewart, Double Guard, fifth, Pleasant View Elementary, Bettendorf

Bettendorf: Joel Deere, Helping Handle, fifth, Hoover Elementary, Bettendorf

Bettendorf: Karina Foster-Middleton, Super Pan Lock, fourth, Paul Norton Elementary, Bettendorf

Bettendorf: Kyle Akker, Double Guard, fifth, Pleasant View Elementary, Bettendorf

Bettendorf: Molly Roup, Old Molly's Mini Cocoa Wonders, fifth, Bridgeview Elementary, Bettendorf

Blue Grass: Lindsay O'Keefe, No Spill Meal Deal, sixth, Williams Intermediate, Blue Grass

Cedar Falls: Jacob Johnson, Drawer Lite, sixth, Lincoln Elementary, Cedar Falls

Cedar Rapids: Anna Lessman, Detecto Paste, fifth, St. Pius X Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Brooke Martin, Detecto Paste, fifth, St. Pius X Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Carly Ryder, Court Stencil, fourth, Bowman Woods Elementary, Cedar Rapids

Cedar Rapids: Cole Rhatigan, Golf Ball Club Scrub, sixth, Franklin Middle School, Cedar Rapids

Clear Lake: Kaitlyn Chizek, Cabinet Stepstool, fifth, Ventura, Clear Lake

Columbus Jct.: Abbey Wilson, Reed Flavoring Spray, sixth, Columbus Community Middle School, Columbus Jct.

Columbus Jct.: Elyssa McFarland, Turn Feeder, eighth, Columbus Community Schools, Columbus Jct. McFarland is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Conesville: Marina Ramirez, Reed Flavoring Spray, sixth, Columbus Community Middle School, Conesville

Conrad: Sawyer Anderson, Auger Insulator, fourth, BCLUW, Conrad

Conrad: Isaac Novak, Auger Insulator, fourth, BCLUW, Conrad

Council Bluffs: Shaina McCullough, Playclothes Baby Outfit, fourth, Treynor Elementary, Council Bluffs

Davenport: Amanda Malin, Epipack, fifth, Grant Wood Elementary, Davenport

Dubuque: Michael Bahl, Self-Locking Parking Brake, sixth, Resurrection School, Dubuque. Bahl is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Dubuque: Patrick Brackett, Master Dog Dome, seventh, Washington Junior High School, Dubuque

Dubuque: Scott Trahan, Peanut-Free Tablecloth, fourth, Eisenhower Elementary, Dubuque

Dubuque: Zachary Swanson, Master Dog Dome, seventh, Washington Junior High School, Dubuque

Eldridge: Madison Temperly, Napshade, third, Neil Armstrong Elementary, Eldridge

Garner: Joey Awtry, P.D.B. Personal Desk Binder, seventh, Garner-Hayfield Middle, Garner

Garner: Kristi Larson, Curl-n-Go, eighth, Garner-Hayfield, Garner

Humboldt: Cody Weisbrich, C-n-R Drying System, fourth, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Humboldt: Jack Curran, Jack's Ball Handler, third, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Humboldt: Ryan Lee, C-n-R Drying System, fourth, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Humboldt: Samantha Larson, Desk Ridge, third, Taft Elementary, Humboldt

Indianola: Kelsey Madesen, Adjustable Outdoor Chair, sixth, Indianola Middle School, Indianola

Johnston: Emma Henry, Pet Helper 9000, fifth, Beaver Creek Elementary, Johnston. Henry is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Johnston: Megan Vaughan, Lock O Matic, fifth, Horizon Elementary, Johnston

Manchester: Eric Schnieders, EZ Label Remover, fourth, St. Mary's, Manchester

Manilla: Lynsie Sievertsen, Time Saver Trash Can, fifth, IKM Elementary, Manilla

Marshalltown: Tyler Kluver, Pet Ball Launcher, fourth, Fisher Elementary, Marshalltown. Kluver is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

Mason City: Erin Patchen, Super Desk Dress Organizer, fourth, Harding Elementary, Mason City

Mason City: Katelyn Ficken, Super Desk Dress Organizer, fourth, Harding Elementary, Mason City

Nevada: Kyle Apley, Trash Rover, third, Central Elementary, Nevada

Newton: Tyler Latcham, Cord Separator, seventh, Berg Middle School, Newton

Oskaloosa: Anna Haselhuhn, Handy Halter Hook, fourth, Eddyville-Blakesburg, Oskaloosa

Ottumwa: Bryan LaRue, Handicapped Hunters Tray, fourth, Eisenhower Elementary, Ottumwa

Rose Hill: Michael Groenenboom, De Koekje Bal, sixth, North Mahaska, Rose Hill

Sigourney: Dalton Webster, Fine Finder, fourth, Sigourney Elementary, Sigourney

Silver City: Emily Selander, Heated Hose, fourth, Treynor Elementary, Silver City

Spragueville: Austin Lane, The (Tractor) Hired Hand, sixth, Preston Elementary, Spragueville. Lane is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

St. Charles: Samantha Bitz, Gas-Be-Gone, fifth, Interstate 35 Community Schools, St. Charles

Treynor: Madison Clark, Playclothes Baby Outfit, fourth, Treynor Elementary, Treynor

Washington: Justin, Hoffman, JK Sports Carrier, fourth, Lincoln Elementary, Washington

Washington: Kyle Roder, JK Sports Carrier, fourth, Lincoln Elementary, Washington

Wayland: Colin Brose, Clip 'N' Cut, fourth, WACO Elementary, Wayland

West Point: Cassie Peitz, Oxygen Easy, eighth, Marquette High School, West Point

ILLINOIS

Nauvoo: Nolan Wilkens, ATV Tool Cady, eighth, Aquinas Junior Senior High School, Nauvoo, Ill.

COLOMBIA

Floridablanca: Camilo Ernesto, Corzo Amado, E-Z Shoe Polisher, 10th, Gimnasio San Diego, Floridablanca (Colombia)

Floridablanca: Edgar, Castro Yaruro, E-Z Shoe Polisher, 10th, Gimnasio San Diego, Floridablanca (Colombia)

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu.