Students holding up medals at the Belin-Blank Center

Belin-Blank Center Honors WDMCS Students and Educators

JustinToth6Eighteen students and 12 teachers were honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 11, 2015 in Iowa City. In addition, Valley High School was recognized as one of the top 25 schools in the state on the Advanced Placement (AP) Index.

The following students were recognized by the Belin-Blank Center for outstanding performance in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search:

  • Valley High School sophomores Aarushi Dervesh and Aidan Pearl
  • Indian Hills eighth-grader Kathryn Wittrock
  • Stilwell seventh-graders Veda Amalkar, Pierce Blazek, Allison Cook, Elaine Greer, Quinn Kelly, Risha Shetye and Bailey Walke
  • Indian Hills seventh-graders Gabriela Juist, Dorothy Junginger, Noah Mack, Gavin Mitchell and Justin Toth
  • Western Hills Elementary sixth-grader Andrew Hedrick
  • Jordan Creek Elementary fifth-grader Claire Gu

Indian Hill Junior High eighth-grader Mary Thomas was recognized for her participation in the Blank Summer Institute. Valley High School graduate Arun Velamuri was also recognized for participating in the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium.

The students who were recognized could honor a teacher who had a profound influence on their life and education. The WDMCS educators honored at the event were:

  • Crestview School of Inquiry teacher Adam Nidey
  • Fairmeadows Elementary teacher Karen Klinge
  • Jordan Creek Elementary teachers Deb Flagg, Jennifer McLaughlin, Kristy Skoglund and Jory Smith
  • Western Hills Elementary teacher Del Brink
  • Westridge Elementary teachers Kristi Bentz and Nancy Foley
  • Indian Hills Junior High teacher Alice Fuglsang
  • Stilwell Junior High teacher Benjamin Stein
  • Valley High School teachers Trevor Barrett and Karen Downing

Valley High School was also recognized at this year’s ceremony as one of the Iowa schools ranked among the Top 25 of the Iowa AP Index. The index rating is calculated by dividing the number of AP exams taken by the number of students in the school’s graduating class. Valley High School, ranked eighth, was among the Top 10 of the Iowa AP Index for the seventh consecutive year. It offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses, with enrollment in these courses having grown by 50 percent in the past three years.