Two North Polk students were among the almost 500 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Bank Center’s Recognition Ceremony on Oct. 8 in Iowa City. Megan Birler and Ethan Stierman were recognized for exceptional performance in the Belin-Blank Center student talent search, based on their test scores. Megan took the ACT and Ethan took the I-excel test. Megan was also recognized for being selected to attend the Blank Summer Institute.

Recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Ethan nominated Vivian Schwab, North Polk Extended Learning Program teacher.

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 (