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Belin-Blank Center Honors Students and Teachers

October 5, 2018
Emmetsburg News

IOWA CITY - Allyson Thompson, daughter of Mike and Amy Thompson, of Mallard and a student at Emmetsburg Middle School was among the 400 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. Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Allyson selected Darca Saxton of Emmetsburg for this honor.

The ceremony was held Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa 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 gifted programs, for participating in the Summer Art or Writing Residency, for being a student research presenter at the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, for being an awardee in the Invent Iowa State Invention Convention, participating in the STEM Excellence and Leadership program, or participating in the Secondary Student Training Program.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests were The University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, College of Education Dean Dan Clay, Director of the School of Art & Art History Steve McGuire who delivered the keynote address to teachers, and Assistant Professor Bret Ulery, alumni of the Belin-Blank Center's Early Entrance Program who delivered the keynote address to the students.

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is an international full-service gifted education center at the University of Iowa's College of Education (



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