STUDENTS ADVOCATE FOR GIFTED EDUCATION IN ESSAY CONTEST
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.