Natalie Hanson, an eighth grade student at Union Middle School in Dysart, was honored in the 2008 Recognition Ceremony of the Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, on March 29, 2009. The 2008 ceremony, held at the Iowa Memorial Union, was postponed until spring due to the flood recovery on the University of Iowa campus.
Hanson was recognized as a student honoree in the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) program which administers above grade level tests to talented and gifted students in grades 4 through 9. Fourth through sixth graders take the EXPLORE test, which is written for eighth graders; and seventh through ninth graders take the ACT college entrance exam. The top one percent of scorers are recognized as student honorees. This is the second time Hanson has received this recognition.
BESTS student honorees are invited to select a teacher to be honored as an individual who has positively impacted their academic careers. Recognized with Hanson was Mike Schmidt, mathematics instructor at Union Middle School.
Hanson is the daughter of Robert and Maureen Hanson of La Porte City.
The Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development empowers and serves the gifted community through exemplary leadership in programs, research and advocacy. For more information about the Belin-Blank Center, visit www.edecation.uiowa.edu/belinblank.