Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and an affiliate of the National Association for Gifted Children.

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Our Vision is that all of Maryland's diverse gifted and talented children and youth are supported, valued, and nurtured at home, in their learning environments, and in their communities. It is our belief that every student should experience the joy of learning something new each day.

Our Mission

To educate about and advocate for the needs of gifted and talented individuals in Maryland. To achieve this mission, MCGATE has identified the following goals:

  1. To advocate for an appropriate education and services to meet the needs of diverse gifted and talented learners throughout the state of Maryland.

  2. To educate families, caregivers, and the community about the needs of the gifted and talented.

  3. To support local associations dedicated to the interests of the gifted and talented.

  4. To inform local, state, and other public and private institutions about the needs of gifted and talented individuals.

  5. To promote advocacy and action at local, state, and national levels.

  6. To facilitate a statewide communications network to implement these goals.



Across the state, students express what gifted education

means to them—

and how life might be very different without it.

April 28, 2021, Baltimore, Maryland

A record number of Maryland public school students responded in the annual Maryland Coalition for Gifted and Talented Education (MCGATE) essay contest to express what the gifted education opportunities offered in their schools have meant to them. MCGATE received 117 applications from over 50 schools in 12 school systems. Prizes were awarded to 7 elementary, middle, and high school students in 6 school systems.

The students described how the gifted education opportunities met their needs for acceleration and challenge, and sparked interests that are evolving into future goals aimed at improving our world. Many explained how they would use their talents to give back to their community. They also gave credit to their gifted education teachers, whom they said knew how to teach to their different learning needs.

“My entire life, I have been curious about how products were invented and made, especially electronic devices. In the future, I want to create my own company that develops a product that I invent. The advanced program challenges students by asking questions that we mull over.” Sahil Patel, Wilson Wim Elementary, Montgomery County

“I’m sure that if I didn’t have the opportunity to attend these types of classes, I would sit in class bored because I would already know what to do…I’m going to become a doctor. I’m going to graduate college and medical school, and I’m going to have a successful clinical trial [to treat blood clots in the brain]. Jhenelle Siarez, MacArthur Middle School, Anne Arundel County

The essay contest winners and all participants were celebrated virtually at a MCGATE eMpower Hour on April 28 featuring “empowering” tips for gifted students.

Prizes will be awarded to these essay contest winners:

Elementary School Division:

First Prize ($50) to Sahil Patel, Wilson Wims ES, Montgomery County

Second Prize ($25) to Hailey McGlothlin, Elk Neck ES, Cecil County

Honorable Mention: Rachel Hanauer, Hillsmere ES, Anne Arundel County

Middle School Division:

First Prize ($50) to Hunter Liao, Boonsboro MS, Washington County

Second Prize ($25) to Jhenelle Siarez, MacArthur MS, Anne Arundel County

High School Division:

First Prize ($100) to Katherine Chapple, Easton HS, Talbot County

Second Prize ($25) to Hazel Montgomery-Walsh, Catonsville HS, Baltimore County

Essay contest participants represented these 12 school systems:

Alleghany, Anne Arundel, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Cecil, Charles, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George’s, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico.


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