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Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Expressing Identity

For adolescents, one of the primary struggles faced is that of identity (as Erikson noted in his stages of psychosocial development, the psychosocial crisis of adolescence is identity vs. role confusion). When thinking about how to spotlight student work for this issue on the social and emotional needs of gifted students, I realized how I personally found solace as an adolescent trying to figure out my identity—through words, through stories and poems and songs.

Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Goal: Giving English Language Learners Opportunities for Leadership

Bryan originally just wanted to play soccer. For this Denton student, his district’s unique program, GOAL (Guys/Girls Operating as Leaders), offered him that ability.

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Jack Andraka

The Knowledge Cure

Jack Andraka is an 18-year-old inventor, scientist, and researcher. At the age of 15, this teen prodigy developed a patent pending test that has the potential to save countless lives by detecting early stage pancreatic cancer.

Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Girls and STEM: Using Real-World Challenges to Build STEM Skills

The Samsung STEM Challenge brought together teams of girls ranging from fourth graders to high school seniors with engineers from the company with the mission of discovering ways to conserve and efficiently use water.

Lacy Compton

Student Spotlight: Girls and STEM: The Lady Cans Robotics Team

The Lady Cans Robotics Team has truly seen the value of STEM beyond their textbooks and classroom experiments.

Lacy Compton

Spotlight on Students: Art as Fashion by Isabella Taylor

I began to paint at a very early age, and it was through my passion for painting and fashion that my current fashion line has become a business. Four years ago, I was exploring mixed media and wanted to learn how to sew, so I signed up for a sewing camp at the Austin School of Fashion Design.