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Students, Teachers Honored at Belin-Blank Ceremony

Several WDMCS students were among the 470 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.

Dorothy Junginger of Jordan Creek chose to honor her teacher, Deb Flagg.

Dorothy Junginger of Jordan Creek chose to honor her teacher, Deb Flagg.

Students honored were:

  • Explore Test – Carsen Codel, David Gaunt, Savannah Hunt, Kyle Juist, Dorothy Junginger, Nora King, Cynthia Quito, Alana Scherer, Darrell Smith, Ryan Staub and Radha Velamuri
  • ACT – Cayden Codel, Gabriel Mintzer and Samuel Throm
  • Blank Summer Institute – Elizabeth Ash and Marcus Chew

Teachers the students chose to honor were Ann Ellinger, Westridge; Deb Flagg, Jordan Creek; Nancy Foley, Westridge; Holly Gilmore, Hillside; V Hrdlicka, Western Hills; LuAnn Link, Stilwell; Tami Loge, Valley; Tim Miller, Stilwell; Felicia Twit, Western Hills; and Aaron Witt, Jordan Creek

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. Valley High School, ranked 10th, was among the Top 10 of the Iowa AP Index for the fifth consecutive year.

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.

Carson Codel of Westridge chose to honor his teacher, Ann Ellinger.

Carson Codel of Westridge chose to honor his teacher, Ann Ellinger.

Stilwell seventh graders Nora King, Savannah Hunt and Cynthia Quito were among the top scorers on the 2012 EXPLORE test, an eighth grade test given to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students as part of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).

 
Stilwell seventh graders Nora King, Savannah Hunt and Cynthia Quito were among the top scorers on the 2012 EXPLORE test, an eighth grade test given to fourth, fifth and sixth grade students as part of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS).