With the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award, WATG aims to inspire children to achieve to their fullest potential, highlight high-ability students, and draw attention to the educational needs of our nation’s gifted and talented students. Award candidates must be in grades 3 - 6 at the time of nomination and may have distinguished themselves in academics, leadership, or the arts.
Nicholas Green was a bright seven year old who was killed in a senseless shooting while vacationing with his family in 1994. His parents, Maggie and Reg Green, wanted to keep his memory alive by recognizing the gifts and talents of children approximately the same age Nicholas was when he died. They donated the savings from their son’s college fund to start the award program with the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). From 1996 to 2012, the program recognized the accomplishments of one child in each state, each year.
Unfortunately, the funds provided by the Green family and from early donors ran out in 2012. However, WATG has committed to keeping the program alive in our state by administering the selection process and recognizing him or her at our annual Fall Conference. The 2014 Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award Recipient will receive a check from WATG for $250 with the opportunity for parents or caregivers to purchase a $500 US Savings Bond as a gift. In turn, the NAGC will issue a national award certificate and send a letter of congratulations to the winner’s parents. Student award winners will also be recognized on the NAGC website.