UNI new home for KWWL's Best of the Class

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2005

Robert Koob, president, (319) 273-2566
Kim Leer, operations/programming manager, KWWL Television, (319) 291-1271
James O'Connor, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-6728

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa (UNI) will co-host the 21st annual 'Best of the Class' celebration with KWWL. Each year the program honors valedictorians or top graduating seniors from more than 130 high schools in northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin.

On May 1, 97 honorees will travel to UNI to be taped for a series of public service announcements, which will begin airing May 9 on KWWL, Iowa's News Channel,

'We couldn't be happier about sponsoring Best of the Class,' said UNI President, Robert Koob, 'With 92 percent of our students coming from Iowa, it makes sense that we take an active role in saluting Iowa's outstanding students.'

In its 20 years of recognizing academic excellence, KWWL's Best of the Class has honored more than 3,000 top-graduating seniors. Best of the Class is a joint public service/community relations effort that encourages academic excellence among high school students by honoring students who serve as role models in their communities.