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April 6, 2009

Belin-Blank Center honors students, schools

(STUDENT'S NAME) of (HOMETOWN) is among the nearly 450 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently invited to be honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center's Recognition Ceremony in Spring 2009. Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives.


[OPTIONAL GRAPH: Also honored at this year's ceremony were the Iowa schools that ranked among the Top 25 of the Iowa Advanced Placement (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 March 29 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

Students were invited to be recognized by the Belin-Blank Center for exceptional performance in the center's 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 in 2008.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests via videotape was Tom Vilsack, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who acknowledged the accomplishments of those being honored. UI President Sally Mason also addressed the honorees. Keynote speakers were UI Provost Wallace Loh, and former Belin-Blank Center student Julie Zalenski, who is currently a UI student. Zalenski was admitted early to the UI through the National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering.

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: Student's name, student's hometown, student's school and teacher. Also, the listing of Iowa AP Index schools is provided, including their city and the school's ranking within the top 25.

Downloadable word document of Iowa students and teachers honored at the ceremony

Downloadable word document 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 Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,; Jerilyn Fisher, Belin-Blank Center, 319-335-6148,