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  • 1. Fort Dodge Community School District Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.For Immediate Release12/09/2010Contact: Ashton NewmanFort Dodge Community School DistrictDirector of Communications and Community Relations515.574.5668anewman@fort-dodge.k12.ia.usSenior High Freshman, Cagaanan, Receives University of Iowa Academic HonorFort Dodge, IA - Ayenna Cagaanan, freshman at Fort Dodge Senior High, was among 535 students from across Iowaand the nation honored at the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Recognition Ceremony October 17, in Iowa City.The annual recognition ceremony is an opportunity to acknowledge students who earn scores in the top 1 percentof the Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search, or who are selected to one of the Belin-Blank scholarship pro-grams. Cagaanan is a recipient of both.The Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is an international full-service gifted educationcenter at the University of Iowa’s College of Education.As an 8th grader, Cagaanan’s ACT score was among the top 1 percent in the country. The ceremony acknowledgedher outstanding academic achievement and awarded her a $2000 scholarship to the University of Iowa.Each student honored was given the opportunity to select a teacher or individual who has had a profound impacton them. Cagaanan recognized her Cooper Elementary, Talented and Gifted teacher, Janet Singer.“Surprisingly, at Cooper I wasn’t much of a reader, but she [Singer] helped me to explore a lot of different topics,”said Cagaanan who scored her best in reading on the ACT.Cagaanan said she gets her academic drive from herself and the support of her parents. She has not decided whereshe will continue her education after high school. In the meantime, she plans on taking advanced placement andcollege courses at Senior High, while also studying for the ACT which she plans to take again as a sophomore.“I am aiming to score higher than my older brother,” said Cagaanan with a smile.Cagaanan chose to attend Senior High after middle school because of their large class selection, advanced classes,and activities.“I am able to excel here,” said Cagaanan. “Debate group has also helped me to explore world issues and look atthings without a bias.”Central Administration Office104 South 17th Street • Fort Dodge, IA 50501515-576-1161 • Fax 515-576-1988www.fdschools.org An Equal Opportunity Employer
  • 2. Fort Dodge Community School District Our Schools. Our Community. Our Pride.Senior High Freshman, Cagaanan, Receives University of Iowa Academic Honor11/30/2010-Page 2-Born in the Philippines, Cagaanan said her family places a lot of emphasis on academics. Her international back-ground has fueled her interest in learning about world cultures. In the future, she plans to study abroad and workin an international career, but at only 15 years old, Cagaanan is in no hurry to decide her future. Currently, she isenjoying high school, debate, and playing the piano.The Board of Education will recognize Cagaanan for her achievement at their 6 p.m. meeting on Monday, December13. ###Central Administration Office104 South 17th Street • Fort Dodge, IA 50501515-576-1161 • Fax 515-576-1988www.fdschools.org An Equal Opportunity Employer

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