Junior High Gifted Programs Partner with UC to Combine Learning, Service

Junior High Gifted Programs Partner with UC to Combine Learning, Service
Posted on 02/21/2017
junior high gifted students who won t-shirt competitionphoto of gifted junior high students who won the t-shirt competitionGifted students at Lakota’s junior high schools recently competed in a project that stretched their thinking and will benefit a local non-profit. Hosted by the University of Cincinnati’s Economics Center, teams of students were to select a non-profit, then create a T-shirt design to be sold so the proceeds can support that organization.

According to Patty Piron, gifted support advisor for grades 7-12, “This was a true, real life application experience for all of the gifted students involved. For this enrichment opportunity, students were required to create and market a product along with researching and choosing a non-profit organization.”

“We emphasized the story behind why the group chose a specific non-profit,” says Lauren Webb, gifted service advisor for grades 7-12. “The T-shirt design was secondary to the thought behind why the group chose that specific organization to support. The focus really was on the opportunity for the gifted students to engage in a service learning project while honing their decision-making, teamwork and presentation skills.”

More than 25 groups from all four of Lakota’s junior highs participated in the competition with one team from each school then moving on for the final judging. The finalists presented to a panel of judges, in front of their peers and their parents. Judging was based on delivery of the presentation, the oral presentation, originality of the T-shirt design, and attractiveness of the presentation. “We wanted the teams to detail their reasons for choosing the organization, looking at their research and how they tied the design to that specific non-profit. Their presentation needed to create empathy for the organization and get the audience vested as well as show creativity and inventiveness,” adds Webb.

Congratulations to Rebecca Jones, Gabrielle Mathis, Ava Nguyen and Wendi Reffner, the team from Hopewell Junior who won the competition. Their T-shirt design supporting The Animal Friends Humane Society will be printed and sold at all of the junior high schools. The proceeds, an estimated $1.50 per shirt sold, will then be donated to the local non-profit. 


Pictured: Ava Nguyen, Wendi Reffner, Gabrielle Mathis and Rebecca Jones, students at Hopewell Junior, show off their winning presentation in a recent project for Lakota’s gift junior high school students. Their T-shirt design supporting The Animal Friends Humane Society will be printed and sold at all of the junior high schools.