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University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center Honors Ankeny Students, Teachers

 Belin-Blank honorees
Ankeny Extended Learning Program (AELP) teacher Erryn O'Connor, seventh graders Wyatt Eason and Zane Eason, and sixth grade teacher Sam Behrens were honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony at the University of Iowa Memorial Union on October 11.
 Belin Blank honorees
Ankeny educator Kim Haack and sixth grader Alysa Zhou from Prairie Ridge Middle School were honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony at the University of Iowa Memorial Union on October 11.
 
ANKENY, Iowa (November 2, 2015) - Three Ankeny students were among the 400 students nation-wide who were honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony at the University of Iowa Memorial Union on October 11.  The recognition ceremony is held annually as an opportunity to acknowledge those students in grades four–12 who either earned scores in the top one percent of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS); were selected to one of the Belin-Blank scholarship programs; or received special recognition in a Belin-Blank Center program.

Seventh graders Wyatt Eason and Zane Eason from Parkview Middle School, and sixth grader Alysa Zhou from Prairie Ridge Middle School were honored for exceptional performance in the EXPLORE® section of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search.

Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Ankeny Extended Learning Program (AELP) teacher Erryn O'Connor, sixth grade teacher Sam Behrens, instructional coach and previous AELP teacher Kim Haack were the honored educators from Ankeny.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests at the ceremony were Barry Butler, University of Iowa Provost; Nicholas Colangelo, Dean from the College of Education, and U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack.  Dean Sarah Gardial from the Tippie College of Business delivered the keynote address to teachers, and Julius Carter, student form the University of Iowa College of Law, delivered the keynote address to 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 www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank.



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