Several Miller Middle School students have been accepted for participation in eight different areas of the Blank Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences.
The group will attend a one-week residential summer program, June 23-28 held at The University of Iowa for 120 of Iowa's students who are currently in seventh and eighth grade. The Institute provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.
The students were nominated by their teachers based on high test scores in their area of nomination, outstanding performance in their classes, and high levels of motivation.
Belin-Blank participants, from left: Isabella Pedersen, Isabel Paredes, Michelle Ankrum, Jared Rice, Nick Cooper, Frank Iole, Nick Summers and Mary Drummer.
The Miller students who will attend in each category are:
Nick Cooper - performing arts
Mary Drummer - global studies
Frank Iole - invention and innovation
Isabel Paredes - visual arts
Isabella Pedersen - social sciences
Nick Summers - advanced math
Alternates are Michelle Ankrum - creative writing, and Jared Rice - science.
The Institute is administered by The Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Each student selected will receive a $300 Myron and Jacqueline Blank Summer Scholarship to cover a portion of the Institute's cost.