Each year FLAG is honored to accept applications for four (4) annual awards and scholarships.
The 2018 Award/Scholarship application period runs through June 30, 2018. All awards will be presented during the FLAG conference in Central Florida in Fall 2018 (exact date/location TBA).
Originally funded by the Nicholas Green Foundation and NAGC, National Association for Gifted Children, this award program is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children entering grades 3 through 6 (during the 2018-19 school year). One child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and that winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and a Certificate of Excellence.
Award for Excellence in Creative Teaching
Created in honor of Dick Scobee, the Commander of the Challenger Space Shuttle, and is awarded annually by the Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG). Two $1,000.00 scholarships will be awarded to an eligible male and female gifted student, interested in pursuing studies in the areas of math, science, or technology.
Classroom Teacher Mini Grant
FLAG established this award to recognize teachers of the gifted that construct creative learning environments in which students and teachers alike explore, imagine and engage in a variety of thought provoking experiences.
Teachers of gifted students (grades K through 12) in the State of Florida who are a member in good standing of FLAG are eligible to apply for a Creative Classroom Mini-Grant. This Grant program is meant to promote new and creative teaching strategies. The individual grant amount is up to $500.
Contact: Amy Trujillo, Public Relations Chairperson
November 6, 2018
The Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG) announces our 2018 award and scholarship winners.
Penelope Heller is the 2018 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award winner. Penelope is an active girl scout member and has earned many badges and certificates. She has earned the Gold President’s Service Award for completing over 100 hours of community service for three years in a row. She spends a lot of her time honoring veterans and plans on earning the Girl Scout Silver Award next year, which is the highest award a cadet can receive. The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award is designed to recognize distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6. One child in Florida per year will be named the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and the winner receives $500 savings bond and a FLAG Certificate of Excellence.
The Scobee Scholarship was created in honor of Dick Scobee, the Commander of the Challenger Space Shuttle, and is awarded annually by (FLAG). Two $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to an eligible male and female gifted student interested in pursuing studies in the areas of math/science/technology. This year, Brody Mandelbaum and Camryn McCall are the Scobee Scholarship winners.
Brody Mandelbaum is passionate about food production and making sure that food is both affordable and ethical. This is evident in the stories he told in his submission essay about growing avocados in both his grandma’s and his kitchen. He has multiple avocado trees, but his first tree is his favorite and is named Robert. While speaking at the FLAG Conference, he reminded all the educators that gifted students need support in a myriad of ways. By supporting students and making sure they have the accommodations they need, students can reach their goals and feel valued in our schools as well as our global community.
Camryn McCall is looking forward to entering the field of medicine. To her, the field is not just about helping people by improving their health, it is also about the science of medicine. She is fascinated that diseases in our past that were fatal for so many people can now be easily treated with a prescription. Medicine is changing at a rapid rate and she is excited to see what we will be able to do with medicine in the future. It is nice to see someone approach the medical field with such enthusiasm.
FLAG established the Excellence in Creative Teaching Award to recognize teachers of the gifted that construct creative learning environments in which students and teachers alike explore, imagine and engage in a variety of thought provoking experiences. Jeannie Krouch is the 2018 winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Jeannie, a teacher of gifted and high achieving first graders, took the standards and turned them into something memorable and meaningful. She designed and implemented an engaging and hands-on unit for social studies that allowed students to use their interests and talents to create their own businesses. This unit also pulled in standards/skills from reading, math, writing, public speaking, and technology. After hearing about her class and the lessons the students learned about bartering and supply and demand makes you want to go back to first grade to be in her class.
Teachers of gifted students (grades K through 12) in the State of Florida who are a member in good standing of FLAG are eligible to apply for a Creative Classroom Mini-Grant. This Grant program is meant to promote new and creative teaching strategies. The winner of the Creative Classroom Mini-Grant is Odilia Duran. Odilia, a teacher of gifted and high achieving kindergarteners, brought robots to her classroom, thanks to the Creative Classroom Mini-Grant. Her students are not only learning how to code the robots but also about sequencing, colors, and other standards. She even has the youngest robot club at her school with her kindergarteners meeting before school to practice for the Wonder Workshop Robotics Competition. Her classroom is full of meaningful play, learning, and a safe place for students to learn how to work in groups and individually. She focuses on the social and emotional needs of her students along with robots, coding, and the standards that need to be taught during the day.