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University of Iowa News Release


Oct. 11, 2007

Belin-Blank Center honors students, schools

(STUDENT'S NAME) of (HOMETOWN) is among the more than 1,000 students and teachers from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently invited to be honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center's Recognition Ceremony. Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. [FIRST OPTIONAL GRAPH: (STUDENT'S LAST NAME) selected (TEACHER'S NAME) of (HOMETOWN) for this honor.]

[SECOND OPTIONAL GRAPH: Also honored at this year's ceremony were the Iowa schools that were ranked among the Top 25 of the Iowa AP Index.  The index rating was calculated by dividing the number of AP exams taken by the number of students in the school's graduating class.  (SCHOOL) in (TOWN) was among the Top 25 of the Iowa AP Index.]

The ceremony was held Oct. 6 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

Students were invited to be recognized by the center for exceptional performance in the Belin-Blank Center student talent search, for receiving scholarships for Belin-Blank Center summer residential programs for gifted students, or for being meritorious awardees at the Invent Iowa State Invention Convention.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests via videotape was U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who acknowledged the accomplishments of those being honored.  University of Iowa President Sally Mason also addressed the honorees.  Keynote speakers included William (Curt) Hunter, dean of the UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business, and former Belin-Blank Center student, and Anastasia Bassis, currently a student in the UI Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Bassis was admitted early to the UI through the National Academy of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Founded in 1872, the University of Iowa College of Education was the nation's first permanent college-level department of education. Since then, the college has gained an international reputation of excellence in programs as diverse as Rehabilitation Counseling, Testing and Measurement, Counseling Psychology, Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education and Higher Education Administration. The College of Education is also home to the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development.

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized during the Belin-Blank Center ceremony. Information is listed as follows after each state: Student hometown, student first and last name and (only if the student nominated a teacher) teacher first and last name teacher hometown and teacher state. Iowa students are listed first, followed by students from other states.  Also, the listing of Iowa AP Index schools is provided, including their city and the school's ranking within the top 25.

PDF of students and teachers honored at ceremony:

PDF of Iowa schools ranked among top 25 of the Iowa AP Index:

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077,; Jerilyn Fisher, Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6148,