Miller students selected for Blank Summer Institute

L to R: Jack Kester, Mitch Eberle, Olyvia Mathews, Hayley Hodges, Ellyn Boland, Cailyn Ernat, Emma Alman, Ethan Thill.

Eight Miller Middle School students have been selected for the Blank Summer Institute June 24-29 at the University of Iowa.

The Blank Summer Institute for Arts & Sciences is a one-week residential program for 120 of Iowa’s talented and gifted students in seventh and eighth grade. Administered by the Connie Belin and & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talented Development, the Institute “provides exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.”

The Institute consists of eight rigorous week-long courses with high school and college-level courses. Only 15 students in the state are selected for each course.

Students were nominated by their teachers based on high achievement and motivation. Those selected receive a $300 Myron and Jacqueline Blank Summer Scholarship to cover a potion of the cost.

Students from Miller selected for the Institute are:

Jack Kester—Innovation and Invention

Mitch Eberle—Math Problem Solving

Olyvia Mathews—Visual Arts

Hayley Hodges—Social Sciences alternate

Ellyn Boland—Global and Cultural Studies

Cailyn Ernat—Creative Writing

Emma Alman—Performing Arts

Ethan Thill—Advanced Science alternate.