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Release: June 26, 2002

Belin-Blank Center names Invent Iowa merit winners

(HOMETOWN) resident (STUDENT'S NAME), a (GRADE)-grader at (SCHOOL), was selected as a meritorious winner for his/her invention, (NAME OF INVENTION), which was displayed during the 2002 Invent Iowa convention on the University of Iowa campus April 13.

The more than 80 meritorious inventors were notified by mail and each will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Invent Iowa is run by the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, which is part of the UI College of Education. The annual convention, which is hosted by the UI and Iowa State University alternating years, brings together students in third-grade through high school to demonstrate inventions that they think will make life easier for people.

Students are encouraged to develop inventions that generally meet the requirements for a patent in the United States: they must be “new, useful and non-obvious.” Students are also encouraged to keep journals chronicling their inventions' development from concept to completion.

To reach the state convention, inventions must first qualify at local and regional conventions sponsored by the state's 15 Area Educational Associations.

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized as a state meritorious inventor. Information is listed as follows: Student hometown, student last name, student first name, student's grade, school and invention. Please note that some inventions had two co-inventors.

ANAMOSA, Smith, Megan, 5, St. Patrick School, Simply Seeds
ATKINS
, Freese, Robert, 6, Benton Comm. School / Norway Center, Portable Outside Boot Washer-Disinfectant
BLOOMFIELD
, Forsythe, Alex, 4, Davis County Elementary, Spider Electrical Cord
BRANDON
, Harting, Samuel, 8, Jesup Middle School, Feeder Meter. Harting is also one of two students selected for a $500 scholarship that can be used toward tuition at either the UI or Iowa State colleges of engineering.
BURLINGTON
, Gerst, Denise, 12, Mediapolis High School, Novelty Light
BURLINGTON
, McAllister, Katelynn, 4, Black Hawk Elementary, Guinea Pig Eutopia
CEDAR RAPIDS
, Butschi, Steven, 10, Washington High School, Simple Signal. Butschi is also one of seven students awarded free tuition to the UI's Youth Entrepreneur Camp, which is hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
CEDAR RAPIDS
, Haddad, Nicole, 4, Bowman Woods Elementary, Nikki Resistance Swim Trainer
CEDAR RAPIDS
, Van Woert, Jane, 10, Washington High School, Simple Signal. Van Woert is also one of seven students awarded free tuition to the UI's Youth Entrepreneur Camp, which is hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
CLARINDA
, Bryant, Jacob, 7, South Page Community School, Open Door Alert
COLLEGE SPRINGS
, Zogleman, Heather, 7, South Page Community School, Open Door Alert
COLO
, Wignall, Elle, 4, Colo-Nesco, Organize Itself Vase, The
COUNCIL BLUFFS
, Bouvier, Traci, 6, Walnut Grove Elementary, Traci & D.J.'s Lullaby Carseat
COUNCIL BLUFFS
, Coberly, David, 6, Walnut Grove Elementary, Traci & D.J.'s :Lullaby Carseat
DAVENPORT
, Crawford, Tiffany, 5, Wilson Elementary, Truck Ladder, The
DAVENPORT
, Grimm, Matthew, 5, Trinity Lutheran School, Childproof Phone Lock
DENMARK
, Schneider, Ethan, 6, Denmark Elementary, Sloshers
EARLVILLE
, Goldsmith, Nikki Jo, 5, St. Joseph, Swivel Mailbox, The
EARLVILLE
, Mormann, Jessica, 6, St. Joseph, Swivel Mailbox
EDDYVILLE
, Voss, Tanner, 7, Eddyville-Blakesburg Middle School, Handy Shovel
ELDRIDGE
, Leggins, Meaghan, 10, North Scott High School, Ultimate Cup Holder. Leggins is also one of two students selected for a $1,000 scholarship that can be used toward tuition at either the UI or Iowa State colleges of engineering. And she is one of seven students awarded free tuition to the UI's Youth Entrepreneur Camp, which is hosted by the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center.
FAIRBANK
, Rundle, Abigail, 5, Readlyn Elementary, Basketball Buddy
FORT DODGE
, Guldenpfennig, Gavin, 6, Saint Edmonds, Garbage-a-Nator 2002
FORT DODGE
, Silberman, Andrew, 6, St. Edmonds, Garbage-a-Nator 2002
FRUITLAND
, Hills, Brode, 4, Louisa-Muscatine, Brode's Comfortable Chin Guard
GARNER
, Breister, Jennifer, 8, Garner-Hayfield, Basic Trainer
GARNER
, Ricke, Amber, 8, Garner-Hayfield, Basic Trainer
GRISWOLD
, Goodwin, Jacob, 5, Lewis Elementary, Switch Extender, The
HARPERS FERRY
, Lloyd, William, 5, Waterville Elementary, Quick Attach Safety Lights
HEDRICK
, Johnston, Erica, 5, Pekin Elementary School, Easy Pull Mailbox
HEDRICK
, Swanson, Kira, 5, Pekin Elementary School, Easy Pull Mailbox
HUMBOLDT
, Inman, Alex, 3, Taft Elementary, Sticky Candle
HUMBOLDT
, Spaans, Travis, 3, Taft Elementary, Sticky Candle
INDEPENDENCE
, Hamilton, Zachary, 6, Independence Middle School, P.O 12 V, The
INDIANOLA
, Moline, Maggie, 6, Indianola Middle School, Camouflage Camera Cover
IOWA
CITY, Miller, Matthew, 4, Regina Elementary, Vent Screen, The
KNOXVILLE
, Deutsch, Alissa, 4, Northstar, You Have Mail
KNOXVILLE
, Eklofe, Emily, 5, East Elementary, Stik It Boxes
KNOXVILLE
, Logue, Alexa, 5, East Elementary, Stik It Boxes
KNOXVILLE
, Rose, Laine, 4, Northstar, You Have Mail
LECLAIRE
, Moore, Kelly C., 5, Cody Elementary, Baby Sitter, The
MADRID, Rampton, Rebecca, 4, North Polk Central, Rainy Day Birdfeeder
MADRID
, Rimathe, Rachel, 4, North Polk Central, Rainy Day Birdfeeder
MANCHESTER
, Sebeny, Sarah, 5, West Delaware Middle School, Envelopes for Everyone
MANSON
, Gleason, Alexandra, 6, Manson Northwest Webster Middle School, Fantastic Flipper
MANSON
, Schreier, Mackenzie, 6, Manson Northwest Webster Middle School, Fantastic Flipper
MARSHALLTOWN
, Appelgate, Seth, 4, GMG Elementary, Car Pillow Holder
MARTELLE
, Wilcox III, David P., 4, Strawberry Hill Elementary, Solar Power Lighted Mailbox
MCCLELLAND
, Herring, Ashley, 3, Underwood Elementary School, Hot TE's
MCCLELLAND
, Herring, Tiffany, 3, Underwood Elementary School, Hot TE's
MECHANICSVILLE
, Beck, Tyler, 6, North Cedar Middle School, Water Out
MONONA
, Adam, Spencer, 5, Waterville Elementary, Quick Attach Safety Lights
MORLEY
, Kardaras, Gina, 5, St. Patrick School, Simply Seeds
MORNING SUN
, Tuttle, Dallas, 5, Morning Sun Elementary, Is There a Sleeping Child
MORNING SUN
, Vance, Kellen, 5, Morning Sun Elementary, Is There a Sleeping Child
MT. PLEASANT
, Miller, Kelli, 4, WACO, Sip 'n Share Cup
MT. PLEASANT
, Olson, Ashley, 5, Lincoln Elementary, Easy No-Squeezy Bottle Holder
MT. PLEASANT
, Sarver, Bobby, 6, Winfield-Mt. Union, Helping Hand, The
MT. PLEASANT
, Stevenson, Elaina, 5, Lincoln Elementary, Easy No-Squeezy Bottle Holder
NEW HAMPTON
, Holthaus, Joshua, 4, New Hampton Elementary, Dad's Third Right Hand Man
NEW SHARON
, Bair, Cole, 6, North Mahaska Elementary, Perfect Shower, The
NEW VIRGINIA
, Weaver, Brandon, 8, Interstate 35 Junior High, Barbwire Unroller
OSCEOLA
, Gehringer, Tyler, 8, Interstate 35, Barbwire Unroller
PLAINFIELD
, Frost, Jami, 7, Nashua-Plainfield Middle School, Doggie Closet
PLAINFIELD
, White, Stacy, 7, Nashua-Plainfield Middle School, Doggie Closet
POSTVILLE
, Olson, Bob, 4, Valley Community, Weather Smart Bleachers
ROSE HILL
, Augustine, Ryan, 6, North Mahaska Elementary, Perfect Shower, The
SIGOURNEY
, Mullikin, Matthew, 5, Sigourney Elementary, Recipe Holder, The
SPERRY
, Petersen, Erika, 12, Mediapolis High School, Rotating Filing System. Petersen is also one of two students selected for a $1,000 scholarship that can be used toward tuition at either the UI or Iowa State colleges of engineering.
STATE CENTER
, Larsen, Kody, 3, McCallsburg Elementary, Board Bag
STRATFORD
, Carlberg, Brianna, 5, Stratford Elementary School, Get-Dry, Stay-Warm Towel
SUMNER
, Fette, Rachael, 5, Readlyn Elementary, Basketball Buddy
SWISHER
, Sturtz, Katie, 5, Prairie Heights Elementary, Light Gizmo
TIPTON
, Brown, Andrea, 3, , Camp Fork Tote
WALCOTT
, Breure, Kelsey, 5, Walcott Elementary, E-Z Hauler. Walcott is also one of two students selected for a $500 scholarship that can be used toward tuition at either the UI or Iowa State colleges of engineering.
WALFORD
, Joens, Amy, 5, Prairie Heights Elementary, Light Gizmo
WAUKEE
, Schoon, Brittania, 3, Eason Elementary School, Gutter Get-Up
WINFIELD
, Escher, Anthony, 6, Winfield-Mt. Union, Helping Hand II, The
WINFIELD
, Fear, Ray, 4, WACO, Hammer 'n Helper
WOODWARD
, Howe, Jacob, 6, North Polk Central Elementary, Baby Protector
WYOMING
, Woodley, Katie, 6, Midland Middle School, Peg Assist Board