Five North Polk students were among the 470 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center’s Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 13 in Iowa City. Gretchen May, Jasmine Lambert, Chloe Laizure, Tim Eggerling and Logan Engebretson were honored for exceptional performances in the EXPLORE section of the Belin-Blank Exceptional Students Talent Search. Recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. These students selected Vivian Schwab, extended learning program teacher, for this honor.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests was Dr. Jon Whitmore, Belin-Blank advisory board member; The University of Iowa President Sally Mason and Senator Harkin on video. Dr. Nicholas Colangelo delivered the keynote address to teachers and Ms. Bryne Berry 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 (www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank).