National Recognition


7th-grade Duncan Middle School student Cayman Kai Macdonald received an award from Duke University, recognizing her with having one of the top scores on the American College Testing (ACT) exam in 2007, normally taken by high school seniors and college freshman. Cayman also obtained recognition from Duncan Middle School for being in the top 5% of her class.

Two years ago, Cayman was also nationally recognized by the University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center for her outstanding achievement of having scored in the top 1% of students who took the ACT Explore exam.

Congratulations, Cayman!

May 31, 2007

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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 19, 2005

UI Blank Center Honors Students, Schools

Cayman Kai Macdonald of North Palm Beach, FL is among more than 850 students and teachers from throughout the nation who were recently honored during the University of Iowa Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development's annual Recognition Ceremony in Iowa City.

Additionally, recognized students were given the opportunity to honor a teacher they credited for having a profound influence on their lives. Cayman Macdonald selected Ruth Dry of North Palm Beach Elementary for this honor.

The ceremony was held Oct. 8, 2005, at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

Students were invited to be recognized by the center for exceptional performance in Belin-Blank Center student talent search, for receiving scholarships for Belin-Blank Center summer residential programs for gifted students, for being meritorious awardees at the Invent Iowa State Invention Convention or for having been admitted to National Academy of Arts, Sciences and Engineering.

Addressing the students, teachers and guests via videotape was U.S. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who acknowledged the accomplishments of those being honored. Keynote speakers also included Lisa Bluder, head coach of the UI women's basketball team, and La'Chaira Jackson, a UI senior from Des Moines.

Schools included in the Iowa AP Index's Top 25 list were recognized for doing an exceptional job of giving students opportunities to take AP exams, whose successful completion can markedly improve a student's chances of doing well in college. The index is based on a formula that divides the number of AP exams taken by a school's students (of any grade) by the number of graduating seniors. This first report is based on the AP exams taken in May 2004 and seniors graduating in May or June 2004.