Gavin Thorson of Mabel is shown with his teacher, Mary Ann Krammen of Decorah. Thorson was recognized for exceptional performance in a student talent search and he shared that credit with his teacher who has had a profound influence on his life.
Gavin Thorson of Mabel is shown with his teacher, Mary Ann Krammen of Decorah. Thorson was recognized for exceptional performance in a student talent search and he shared that credit with his teacher who has had a profound influence on his life.
Gavin Thorson of Mabel, a student at St. Benedict School in Decorah, was among 470 students from Iowa and throughout the nation who were recently invited to be honored at The University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center's Recognition Ceremony. Thorson is the son of Ben and Laura Thorson of Mabel.

Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Thorson selected Mary Ann Krammen of Decorah for this honor.

The ceremony was held Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus.

Students were invited to be recognized by the Center for exceptional performance in the Belin-Blank Center student talent search, for receiving scholarships for Belin-Blank Center summer residential gifted programs, for being meritorious awardees at the 2013 Invent Iowa State Invention Convention, for being gold key awardees from the 2013 Scholastics Art and Writing program, for being student research presenters at the 2013 Iowa Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, or participants in the 2013 Secondary Student Training Program.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests was Dr. Jon Whitmore, Belin-Blank Advisory Board member, The University of Iowa President Sally Mason and a video from Senator Harkin. Dr. Nicholas Colangelo delivered the keynote address to teachers and Bryne Berry delivered the keynote address to the students.

The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is an international full-service gifted education center at the University of Iowa's College of Education.