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John Sumter selected as 2018 Jenkins Scholars

John Sumner The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) has selected John Sumter, an 8th grader at Ocean Bay Middle School, as a 2018 Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholars. The Jenkins Scholar Award is a very significant program for numerous scholars and advocates of African-American gifted learners. The Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholar Award is named in honor of Dr. Jenkins, father of research on gifted African-American students, and is designed to honor the achievements of highly gifted students who excel academically in school.

John was selected based on his exceptional test scores and exemplary achievement. As a scholar’s winner, John will have access to various ambassador programming and peer mentoring opportunities and will be invited to participate in the Jenkins Scholar Alumni Network after his first year in the program. John will also receive a $300 scholarship to assist with his continued participation in enrichment and talent development activities. An awards ceremony will be held on November 17, at a special session for the NAGC annual convention in Minneapolis, MN.

NAGC's mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. They aim to help parents and families, K-12 education professionals including support service personnel, and members of the research and higher education community who work to help gifted and talented children as they strive to achieve their personal best and contribute to their communities.