On Sunday, August 13, 2017, the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy welcomed its second class. The students consist of Rachel Farrier, Katie Garber, Madi Huffmann, Shayla Ides, Collen Mahoney, William Mitchell, Keishanique Moton-Tyler, Andrew Shearer, Kelsey Vandenberg, and Andrew VanNice. Accompanied by their families, the students dined at One Twenty Six, and were greeted by Belin-Blank Center Director, Dr. Susan Assouline, Assistant Director, Student Services, Jan Warren, Administrator, Bucksbaum Academy, David Gould, Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, Alyssa Zwicker, and Honors Program Director, Dr. Art Spisak.
Family support is essential for student success.
Students and families enjoy their meals.
Keynote presenter Julia Zalenski (l) and Assistant Director, Student Services, Jan Warren (r) savor the evening.
Keynote presenter Julia Zalenski, J.D. (l) speaks with Honors Program Director, Dr. Art Spisak (r).
Academy Administrator David Gould (r) visits with one of the parents.
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, Alyssa Zwicker (L) speaks with parents.
The keynote presentation was given by Julia Zalenski, J.D., a 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa, and an early entrance student herself. The following are Ms. Zalenski’s inspiring remarks to the incoming class:
I am so pleased to be here to help welcome all of you to Iowa City, the University of Iowa, and this wonderful program. The Belin-Blank Center’s programs have been important to me for many years, and I would just like to take a moment to recognize the faculty, staff, grad students, and everyone else whose hard work and dedication make them possible.
I came to the University of Iowa when I was 17, and in the grand and venerable tradition of teenagers everywhere, I thought I knew a lot more than I actually did. I knew that I had wanted to do something else, anything but more high school, and had grabbed on to this program with both hands. In my application I probably talked about seeking new challenges, but what those challenges were I could only have imagined. They felt elusive, like what I was looking for was just out of sight, and if I kept moving forward as fast as I could, I had to catch up eventually.