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University of Iowa News Release

June 9, 2004

Belin-Blank Center Names Meritorious Inventors

The University of Iowa's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development has announced the names of 61 meritorious inventors for their entries at the 2004 Invent Iowa state convention on the UI campus May 1.

The winning inventors each will receive a $50 U.S. Savings Bond.

Additionally, seven of the meritorious inventors were awarded $500 scholarships from the UI and Iowa State colleges of engineering. The scholarship can be applied toward tuition if the students decide to attend either of the universities' engineering schools.

Two other meritorious invention winners -- a brother-and-sister team of co-inventors -- were awarded scholarships of up to $500 from the Iowa Biotechnology Association for "the best invention at the state competition that may have a life science application." The scholarship can be applied to any schools of the winner's choices so long as they decide to pursue a course of study in the life sciences. The scholarship award is for $500 if the students decide to attend a school in Iowa or $250 for any school outside the state.

The Belin-Blank Center, part of the UI College of Education, coordinates Invent Iowa. The annual state convention takes place on the UI and ISU campuses alternating years, bringing together students in third-grade through high school to demonstrate inventions that they think will make life easier for people.

The 2005 convention will take place on the ISU campus.

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 Agencies in the months leading up to the state convention.

EDITORS: Receipt of this hometown news release indicates that someone from your coverage area was recognized as a state meritorious inventor. Students are listed alphabetically below, by city, last name, first name, grade, school and invention. If students received additional awards, that information will follow the name of their inventions.

ALBIA: Kruzic, Anna, 5, Lincoln Center, Kruzic Septi-Drum. Kruzic is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
ALBIA: Welch, Christopher, 3, Eddyville-Blakesburg Elementary (Eddyville), Tree Donut
ALEXANDER: Halfpap, Levi, 4, CAL Elementary School, Cat's Crib
AUDUBON: Boehm, Katie, 5, Audubon Middle School, Puzzlelater
BADGER: Friesth, Nathaniel, 3, Taft Elementary, Super Can
BELLEVUE: Scheckel, Jayden, 6, St. Joseph's School, 4 in 1 Wrench
BETTENDORF: Dockery, Alex, 5, Pleasant View Elementary, YAG (You Are Grounded)
BETTENDORF: Jipp, Ashley, 5, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Flathead Toothpicks
BETTENDORF: Jipp, Lindsey, 5, Riverdale Heights Elementary, Flathead Toothpicks
BETTENDORF: Wiegel, Douglas, 5, Pleasant View Elementary, YAG (You Are Grounded)
BURLINGTON: Dhuna, Nikhil, 6, Oak Street Middle School, Slipper Lite
BURLINGTON: Mercer IV, John, 7, Oak Street Middle School, R/C Retriever
BURLINGTON: Oetken, Aaron, 7, Oak Street Middle School, R/C Retriever
CAMANCHE: Donahue, Andrew, 3, Camanche Elementary, Handi-Coat
CEDAR FALLS: Grey, Megan, 4, Cedar Heights Elementary, Zippo Boot
CEDAR RAPIDS: Emery, Erin, 4, Arthur Elementary School, Cleat Cleaner
CEDAR RAPIDS: Hackendahl, Kelly, 4, Arthur Elementary School, Cleat Cleaner
CEDAR RAPIDS: Stines, Ellen, 8, Franklin Middle School, C.P.A.P. Tube Warmer. Stines is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
CLARENCE: Hansen, Brian, 6, North Cedar Middle School, Grain Detector
COLO: Alley, Steven, 3, Colo-Nesco Elementary, Cat Nap
COLUMBUS JCT.: Carlson, Bret, 7, Columbus Comm. Middle School, No Tip Bunk. Carlson is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
COUNCIL BLUFFS: Konsor, Matthew, 5, Underwood Elementary, Home Run Baseball Cart
CRAWFORDSVILLE: Rugg, Clarissa, 3, WACO Elementary, Feed' em Fast Rabbit Feeder
DECORAH: Bergan, Clara, 6, Decorah Middle School, Super Slip 'N' Slide Stopper
DECORAH, Moeller, Catherine, 6, Decorah Middle School, Super Slip 'N' Slide Stopper
DES MOINES: Alexander, Emily, 5, Windsor Elementary, Pickle-Vator
DIKE: Whipps, Kelly, 5, Dike-New Hartford, Brady's Handy Hospital Helper
DUBUQUE: Holland-Gassmann, Ryan, 6, St. Joseph the Worker, Pet Buzzer
ELGIN: Koehn, Joseph, 4, Valley Elementary, Doggy Holder
ELY: Crist, Shelby, 5, Prairie Heights Elementary, Frozen Jammer
ELY: Wilharm, Solomon, 5, College Community, Get-N-Wash Egg Basket
FREDERICKSBURG: Meier, Jed, 4, Fredericksburg Elementary, Plane Launcher
GARNER: Schroeder, Tucker, 5, Ventura Community Schools, Easy to Pull Ice Fishing Sled
HARDY: Thompson, Mitch, 4, Taft Elementary, Non-Release Rope. Thompson is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
HUMBOLDT: Beilke, Shelby, 4, Taft Elementary, Fabulous Front Door Feline Finder
INDIANOLA: Dyer, Sarah, 6, Indianola Middle School, Anti Scum Blinds
INDIANOLA: Gillenwater, Laura, 6, Indianola Middle School, Security Shot
INDIANOLA: Williams, Peter, 6, Indianola Middle School, Cage Curtain
JOHNSTON: Bisenius, Emily, 5, Beaver Creek Johnston, Zipez
KNOXVILLE: Connolly, Kenneth, 5, West Elementary, Child Alarm System
LONE TREE: Rayner, Quinn, 6, Lone Tree Comm. School, Easy Cast 9000
MALVERN: Twehous, Matthew, 10, Abraham Lincoln High School, Gutter's Helper
MARION: Wagner, Samantha, 4, Indian Creek Elementary, Ultra Kitty Drinker
MARION: Zange, Matthew, 4, Novak Elementary, Lego Vac
NEW HARTFORD: Parker, Elli, 5, Dike-New Hartford, Brady's Handy Hospital Helper
NEW SHARON: Hols, Gil, 5, North Mahaska Elementary, Hospital Helper. Hols was also awarded a $500 scholarship from the Iowa Biotechnology Association.
NEW SHARON: Hols, Marissa, 6, North Mahaska Elementary, Hospital Helper. Hols was also awarded a $500 scholarship from the Iowa Biotechnology Association.
NORTHWOOD: Claussen, Brooke, 6, Northwood-Kensett, Mini Corn Screener. Claussen is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
OKOBOJI: Rohlk, Maggie, 5, Okoboji Middle School, Smarty Sax Strap
OSAGE: Chambers, Jacob, 5, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Syringe Caddy
OSAGE: Popp, Jordan, 5, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Syringe Caddy
OTTUMWA: Fish, Brittany, 4, Seton Catholic School, Sweep 'N Bike
OTTUMWA: Hagedon, Jordan, 4, Pekin Elementary, Mailbox Marrel
OTTUMWA: La Rue, Bryan, 3, Eisenhower Elementary, Wheelchair Wheel Cover
ROSE HILL: Augustine, Ryan, 8, North Mahaska Jr.-Sr. High, Lazer Cue
UNDERWOOD: Robinson, Dillon, 5, Underwood Elementary, Home Run Baseball Cart
WAPELLO: Earnest, Christopher, 7, Wapello Community, Multiplicaton Mountain
WATERLOO: Gabriele, Sara, 4, Cedar Heights Elementary, Zippo Boot
WATERLOO: Meier, Emily, 4, Walnut Ridge Baptist Academy, Time-2--Takeya Pillanator
WINFIELD: Klopfenstein, Grant, 6, Winfield-Mount Union, Calf's First Bucket. Klopfenstein is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.
WINFIELD: Richards, Derek, 6, Winfield-Mount Union, Calf's First Bucket. Richards is also a winner of a $500 scholarship from the University of Iowa and Iowa State University colleges of engineering.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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