Florida Association for the Gifted

FLAG Annual Awards

Application season has now closed.  All Awards and Scholarship applications are on-line forms created using Google Forms.  You must use a Gmail account to complete the application.  The application link will take you to the Google page to log in or create a new account.

Each year FLAG is honored to accept applications for four (4) annual awards.

The 2017 Award/Scholarship application period begins March 7, 2017 and runs through August 1, 2017.  All awards will be presented during the FLAG conference in St. Augustine, September, 2017.


Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award

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 grades 3 through 6.   One child per state can be named a Nicholas Green Distinguished Student and that winner receives a $500 U.S. savings bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.

The Scobee Scholarship

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.

Award for Excellence in Creative Teaching

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.

Classroom Teacher Mini Grant

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.


PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Tiombe Bisa Kendrick-Dunn, Awards Committee Chairperson

November 4, 2017

Telephone: 786-260-7339

Email: membership@flagifted.org

Website:www.flagifted.org

 

The Florida Association for the Gifted (FLAG) announces our 2017 award and scholarship winners. 

 

David Liebowitz is the 2017 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award winner. David currently attends the Beachside Montessori Village in Broward County where he participates in the Gifted ProgramDavid is passionate about “helping the earth.” 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 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. 

 

A senior at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton, Jared Herbert has always been fascinated with engineering and technology. He is a member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and the Technology Student Association (TSA). Jared has competed in many engineering events (biotechnology design, engineering design, and transportation modeling).  He has won numerous awards at the state and national levels. He plans to attend college after high school graduation and major in computer science and mechanical engineeringHe takes, dual-enrollment classes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and  maintains a high GPA (4.7273 weighted and 4.0 unweighted). In addition to his passions with technology and computer science, Jared shares an equal passion for music. He spends much of his time playing the piano, drums, and saxophone. He has also composed and produced music. Jared spent two years participating in his schools marching band and he plans to continue playing music and may even learn how to play additional instruments in the future.

 

Taylor Trevithick, is also a senior at Lakewood Ranch High School in Bradenton. Taylor is currently the state president of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She has been part of FCCLA competitive events, earning gold metals at boththe national and state levels. Taylor is a student in the Early Childhood Education Program at her school. She teaches in the VPK program and serves as a student/teacher in a local child care center and she is working on completing the National Childcare Associates Certification. She takes, dual-enrollment classes, Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and honors classes. While maintaining a high GPA (4.678 weighted and 4.0 unweighted), she serves as the editor in chief for the school yearbook, and is a member of the National Honor Society, Lakewood Leaders, Buddy  Mentor Club, and Spanish Club. She plans to attend college after high school graduation and major in Biomedical Sciences and eventually become a doctor.

  
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. Lois Horn-Diaz is the 2017 winner of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Lois Horn-Diaz, a school psychologist-turned-teacher at R. Bruce Wagner Elementary School in Lakeland, was named Polk County teacher of the year. Ms. Horn-Diaz found her calling as a teacher after a 24-year career as a school psychologist. She has spent the past six years teaching gifted students in subjects including language arts, humanities and technology enrichment.

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 Laura Samoszenko. Ms. Samoszenko is the gifted social studies teacher at Ransom Middle School in Cantonment, Florida. The grant will fund virtual field trips for her gifted middle school students.

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