Nevada fifth-grader Preston (P.J.) Hennager qualified for Belin-Blank Exceptional Student Talent Search (BESTS) this year and was recently honored at a ceremony at the University of Iowa. P.J. scored in the top 3 percent in the state of Iowa on the testing. He invited his fourth grade teacher, Mr. Barloon, along, and recognized him as a supportive teacher. Three years ago, Nevada had three other students who did this: Grace Heiden, Bianca Sponseller and Kayleigh Edmonds. BESTS takes high-ability students, who tend to score very high on grade-level tests like the Iowa Assessments, and finds out what further challenge they need. If they’re scoring at the 95th percentile or higher on any subject, they have reached the ceiling of that test. BESTS offers a more challenging test to accurately assess their knowledge. Photo Contributed