2022 Student Essay Contest

Use Your Voice to Make a Difference!

Maryland Gifted and Talented students in public school grades 5-12

are invited to participate in an essay contest:

“What have gifted education opportunities meant to me?”

February is Gifted and Talented Education Month in Maryland! This is your opportunity to let everyone know why gifted education is important and necessary for all high-potential students in Maryland. Our annual Student Essay Contest opens on February 19, 2022. Deadline for submissions is March 20, 2022. Excerpts of winning essays will be shared with the community to inform them about the importance of gifted education opportunities.

Awards: The first-place winner in the Elementary and Middle School categories will be recognized with a $50 award, and the High School winner, a $100 award. A letter of recognition will be sent to their principal and superintendent

Rules: The competition is open to any Maryland public school student in grades 5-12 who now participates or has participated in special programs for gifted and talented learners.

Essay length is limited to 850 words (about three typed double-spaced pages). Entries must be submitted below

by Sunday, March 20, 2022.

Essays should respond to all of the following questions:

  1. In what ways has your school’s gifted and talented programming helped you to pursue your interests and develop your talents?

  2. What are your short-term goals (in the next few years) and your long-term goals (college or career)?

  3. Think about a teacher who has helped you to develop your talents. Describe how they have impacted your life.

  4. Why is gifted and talented education important? How would your life be different if you had not had the opportunity to participate in gifted and talented programming?