CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 23, 2001
EDITORS: Each year students from across Iowa register for the BESTS
assessments, typically through local schools. Please consider running this
announcement on an education-related page, or anywhere you feel parents are
likely to see it.
Deadline Is Nov. 1 for Belin-Blank student talent search registration
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The deadline is fast-approaching for parents who want
to register their children for the University of Iowa's Belin-Blank Exceptional
Student Talent Search (BESTS).
Applications must be postmarked by Nov. 1. Families who submit forms after
this deadline may be assessed a $10 late fee.
BESTS is an academic talent search designed to provide above-level testing
and student program opportunities for talented students in grades 4 through
9. Its goal is to discover students who need further educational challenges
to fully realize their academic talent.
For 10 years the Belin-Blank Center has successfully identified more than
30,000 academically gifted students through programs like BESTS. These students
and their parents benefit from an array of services offered by the Belin-Blank
Center, from academic planning assistance to special programs offered by the
Center throughout the year.
Test dates for the upcoming registration period are:
EXPLORE (grades 4-6)
For more information on BESTS contact the Belin-Blank Center at (800) 336-6463,
or (319) 335-6148. Information about Belin-Blank talent searches is also available
online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~belinctr/talent-search/index.html.
Established in 1988, the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International
Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development specializes in programming
and research to meet the educational needs of exceptionally talented children
and their teachers. The Center conducts an extensive roster of talent searches,
precollege programs, teacher training workshops and counseling programs.