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Two GCS Students Win Gifted and Talented Awards from State

 

Feb. 22, 2021 Two outstanding GCS students were recognized last week by the North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented for their accomplishments.

Page High junior Caleb Steele received the Leadership through Service Award, which recognizes distinguished leadership through service by an academically or intellectually gifted student enrolled in grades 7-12. Caleb was honored for his work with Team Voyage, a Page High leadership initiative that focuses on increasing academic investment and promoting social capital for young African American males.

Caleb is an AP student who helps his fellow students and also plays soccer. Through Team Voyage, he led a food drive to benefit the Page community and is developing a podcast that will address issues that young African American males face today.

Caleb writes, “What I’ve noticed is African Americans in the U.S. are often painted in a bad light on the news, social media, and other internet sources. When I check the news, I see mugshots of us, us missing, and us being reported as shot or dead. This food drive event being led by a group of African American males is a way for us to shine a light on us to do something empowering.”

Henry Supple, eighth grader at the Academy at Lincoln, received the Susan Keel Lamar Scholarship recognizing distinguished student achievement and leadership in the area of visual or performing arts. Henry has been in the Very Strong program at the Academy at Lincoln since fourth grade and became interested in performing in fifth grade.

Henry writes, “Looking back, I can see how my initial experience performing in the Lion King in fifth grade opened a new world of opportunity in the performing arts with which I had no prior familiarity. I felt at home in the performing arts family in a way that I hadn’t experienced in other extra-curriculars.”

Cassy Whitley, Henry’s teacher and recommender, writes, “Henry leads with his heart. He always thinks of how his actions will influence another person or cast of people. During my time as Henry’s teacher, there have been countless moments when he has put others (including myself) before himself.”

Each winner received a $250 check and a NCAGT Certificate of Excellence.