Central Lee students accepted to Bucksbaum Academy program

Emmy Liu, Daniel Wilkerson, and Xandra Abel have all accepted an offer to attend the Bucksbaum Academy and will be graduating a year early from high school to pursue their college education beginning in the fall of 2021.

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DONNELLSON – When our young people display firm commitments to excellence and promise to be positive forcers in the future, our communities will undoubtedly be the benefactors if we give them the support they deserve.

With that support and vision, three Central Lee High School students were invited into the Bucksbaum Early Entrance Academy at the University of Iowa.

Xandra Abel, Emmy Liu, and Daniel Wilkerson have all accepted the offer to attend the Academy and will be graduating a year early from high school to pursue their college education beginning in the fall of 2021.

To qualify for the opportunity, they each scored in the top 95%tile on the ACT (composite score 29+), completed an application and interview process, and made a plan for completing their high school credit requirements
in only three years. Having three students meet all the qualifications is simply amazing.

This opportunity enables high school juniors and seniors who are ready for university-level work to skip their final years of high school and head straight to college. Program participants are regular University of Iowa students – taking classes, using libraries and labs, living in residence halls, and being involved in campus life.

Additionally, students are immersed in an enriched academic and social community for young students as they
transition to university life.

The Belin-Blank Center provides extensive support to Bucksbaum Academy students, in the form of individual weekly meetings with first-year students, weekly seminars, advocacy across campus, cultural and recreational activities, and access to our staff and resources.

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