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University of Iowa News Release

October, 2017

Belin-Blank Center Honors Students and Teachers

Jackson Gent of Plano, TX and a student at the Plano campus of Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy was among the almost 500 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. Jackson selected Mrs. Jodi Bryan for this honor.

The ceremony was held Sunday, October 8, 2017, 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 being national awardees from the Scholastic Art and Writing program, for being a student research presenters at the Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, for being an awardee for Invent Iowa State Invention Convention, participants in STEM Excellence and Leadership program, or participants in the Secondary Student Training Program.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests were The University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, Dean Dan Clay from the College of Education, and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Alumna Christie Vilsack delivered the keynote address to teachers and Richard Su, 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 (

STORY SOURCE: Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education, 600 Blank Honors Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Jan Warren, Belin-Blank Center Assistant Director for Student Services 800-336-6463; 319-335-6148;

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized during the Belin-Blank Center ceremony.

Certificate of Recognition