Our annual Student Essay Contest opens on February 1, 2020. Winners will receive cash awards and will be recognized at our May 2 workshop. Deadline for submissions is February 29, 2020.
april 2019 poetry contest winners
Congratulations to the MCGATE Student Poetry Contest Winners
Ages 4-6 1st place, Cole Trexler, age 6
I Threw a Penny in the Fountain
I threw a penny in the fountain.
I made a wish to be the most talented.
And then I realized I was talented in so many ways.
I am better at fishing and batting.
The wish came true before I even threw the penny in the fountain.
Ages 7-8 1st place, Sofie Dardzinski, age 8, Potomac
I walk outside into the slanted outworld where everything needs to be explained
When I go into the uNbALanceD inworld, everything is silent, already understood
A balance for these worlds is impossible, nothing feeling right
always a tilt in the worlds, red fog is infinitely floating
Always a frustration pealing out from me
As I stand between the border of these peculiar worlds
Soft crystals brush me falling down slowly like petals blowing off from a flower
relaxing my tense muscles, my stampeding heart
I know now one possibility to live among these worlds:
That you need to show the joy that’s inside you
The worlds may still be the same but I may not
The worlds are where I was meant to be
Ages 9-11, 1st place, Anushka Skariah, age 10, Ellicott City
The Girl Who Slays
I’m the girl who slays her fears, Chess is where my world disappears.
Without a word, without a sword, I’m in the zone on the chess board.
I fear the size, age, and gender,
Including the aggression of my contender.
I cut out such noise, gather my poise
Take a deep breath, maneuver a few ploys.
Chess is a battlefield of mind over matter,
Of strategy, stamina, and blocked out chatter.
I Grind my teeth, slow down thought,
Squash rising panic, apply what was taught.
I battle the urge to act without thinking,
Analyze, analyze, I stare without blinking.
The knights, rooks, and pawns are advisors,
“Be present” they caution ‘cause … aren’t they just wiser?
The Bishop and King are as important,
They keep me in the game when I feel less important.
My Queen is all Power; SHE is invincible.
To strike fearlessly is her principle.
So, I slay many insecurities on the chess boards,
To move forward in life, to defeat the odds.
1st place— Tehle R., age 14, Baltimore
You’ll never be good enough
You’re a failure
No success will come your way
Constant whispers in my mind
They eat me alive like lions preying on adolescent antelope
I wish I could silence the voices, tell them to leave me alone
Jabbing, poking at me, they never seem to hush
Every moment, I wonder
Am I doing enough?
What grade will I get
What if I fail?
I am infested by the demon with two names
To the outside world, its name is motivation
The angel on your shoulder to keep you going
Its true name is perfectionism
Anxiety over anything short of excellence
Keeping you up all night, haunting your nightmares
Others have nightmares filled with tsunamis and earthquakes
While mine are filled with A-minuses
And college rejection letters
We also congratulate 2nd place winners from each category:
Aubrey S., age 6, Crofton
Mercy Adebiyi, age 7, Lanham
Anna Zhou, age 9, Germantown
Isatou Jawara, age 14, Riverdale
Congratulations to our 2018 – 2019 student essay contest winners!
Amiyah Y., 1st place middle school (PGCPS)
Ellie K., 2nd place middle school (AACPS)
Megumi Fukuzawa, 1st place high school (HCPSS)
MCGATE holds an annual student essay contest in which Maryland Gifted and Talented students in public school grades 6-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest titled:
“What have gifted education opportunities meant to me?”
This is an opportunity to let everyone know that gifted education is important and necessary for all high potential students in Maryland.
The first place winner selected from each category was awarded a check from MCGATE, a certificate, and a letter of recognition that was sent to their principals and superintendents.