Emily Laurore, 10, daughter of Dr. Max Laurore and Attorney Guerline L. Laurore of Coudersport, has been named by the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE) as the 2012 state recipient of the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.
t Sixth Grader Wins State Award from Pennsylvan ia Associatio n for Gifted Education
This award is designed to recognize student achievement in academics, leadership, or the arts in children in grades 3-6. It will be presented to Emily at the PAGE State Conference taking place May 3-4 at the Wyndham Garden Exton Valley Forge Hotel, Exton, PA.
Named after Nicholas Green, a seven-year-old student who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994, the award is co-sponsored by the parents of Nicholas and the National Association for Gifted Education (NAGC). The winner in each state receives a $500 U.S. Savings Bond and an NAGC Certificate of Excellence.
A sixth grader at Coudersport Elementary School, Emily has participated in gifted and talented programming since kindergarten and has skipped a grade. She has won first place in the school science fair, health division; first place in the school spelling bee; has participated for two years in the Western Pennsylvania Spelling Bee, finishing sixth in 2011 and third in 2012; and has achieved top scores in the Accelerated Reading Program for her school. She is a member of the Sixth Grade Choir and Show Choir and has organized school dances to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital.
Emily takes additional courses online through the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University and studies French. She is a pianist and gymnast who placed third in the floor exercise at the USAG Pennsylvania Level 4 States competition. She is also on her church flag team and volunteers at a local nursing home assisting patients with dementia.
Emily, who says that she and her family are “grateful to PAGE and NAGC for the award and to God from Whom every blessing comes,” wants to become a neurosurgeon and is eager to continue her accelerated studies so that she can “start saving lives sooner. “
She was nominated for the award by Mrs. Alanna Huck, Superintendent of Schools in Coudersport, and further recommended by Mr. Sean Reams, principal; Mrs. Theresa Daniels, teacher of gifted and talented; and Mrs. Nicole Frame, homeroom teacher.