October 11, 2018 Achievements

SCCSD students & staff honored by Belin-Blank Center

Kennedy Fitch (East Middle) and Herky the Hawk
Kennedy Fitch (East Middle) and Herky the Hawk

Several Sioux City Community School District middle and high school students were among the 700 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. The ceremony was held Sunday, September 30, 2018, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

The following SCCSD 7th grade students were recognized for exceptional performance in the Belin-Blank Center student talent search: Trinity Davis (East Middle), Kennedy Fitch (East Middle), Matthew Hawkinson (North Middle), Jennifer Hernandez (West Middle), and Marik Torevell (West Middle).

Johanna Swanson (9th grade, North High) was recognized for attending The Belin Blank Summer Institute.

Kathryn McCarthy (2018 graduate of East High) was recognized for being a presenter at the Junior Science & Humanities Symposium.

Derek Hwang (11th grade, North High) was recognized for participating in the Secondary Student Training Program.

Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Christina Still and Nicole Umland were both recognized.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests were The University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld, College of Education Dean Dan Clay, Director of the School of Art & Art History Steve McGuire who delivered the keynote address to teachers, and Assistant Professor Bret Ulery, alumni of the Belin-Blank Center’s Early Entrance Program who 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 (