Gifted Education Month Celebrated at Kentucky Capitol

Gifted Education Month kicked off with a ceremony at the Kentucky State Capitol February 4. Several state representatives, senators and distinguished students spoke to a crowd of nearly 300 students, educators and advocates gathered in the Capitol rotunda. The ceremony concluded with a proclamation read on behalf of Governor Steve Beshear by his Executive Assistant, Colmon Elridge, who also spoke about his own experiences as a gifted student. After the ceremony, many students met with legislators and were recognized at the start of the day’s session in the House of Representatives and Senate chambers. The day was organized by the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE). In the past, Kentucky held an annual gifted education week. This year is the first that the entire month of February has been designated to celebrate and advocate for gifted education.

Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green mingles with students before the ceremony.
Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green mingles with students before the ceremony.
Students look around the Capitol rotunda before the ceremony.
Students look around the Capitol rotunda before the ceremony.

Fifth graders Haley Moore (left) and Emma Sterett from Breckenridge County School District admire the Capitol rotunda before the start of the ceremony.
Fifth graders Haley Moore (left) and Emma Sterett from Breckenridge County School District admire the Capitol rotunda before the start of the ceremony.
Katherine Goble, the 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student, plays "My Old Kentucky Home" during the ceremony.
Katherine Goble, the 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student, plays “My Old Kentucky Home” during the ceremony.
Katherine Goble, the 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student, speaks during the ceremony.
Katherine Goble, the 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student, speaks during the ceremony.
Sen. David Givens of Greensburg, the Senate President Pro Tem, speaks during the ceremony.
Sen. David Givens of Greensburg, the Senate President Pro Tem, speaks during the ceremony.
Students from throughout Kentucky fill the Capitol rotunda during the ceremony.
Students from throughout Kentucky fill the Capitol rotunda during the ceremony.
Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, speaks during the ceremony.
Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green, the chairman of the Senate Education Committee, speaks during the ceremony.
Morgan Guess, the 2014 KAGE Distinguished Student, speaks during the ceremony.
Morgan Guess, the 2014 KAGE Distinguished Student, speaks during the ceremony.
Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer speaks during the ceremony.
Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer speaks during the ceremony.
Rep. Derrick Graham of Frankfort, the chairman of the House Education Committee, speaks during the ceremony.
Rep. Derrick Graham of Frankfort, the chairman of the House Education Committee, speaks during the ceremony.
2013 KAGE distinguished student Matthew Pinkham performs during the ceremony.
2013 KAGE distinguished student Matthew Pinkham performs during the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, speaks during the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, speaks during the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, speaks during the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, speaks during the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, talks with Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer (from left), 2012 KAGE Distinguished Student Kasey Fields and 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student Katherine Goble after the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, talks with Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer (from left), 2012 KAGE Distinguished Student Kasey Fields and 2010 KAGE Distinguished Student Katherine Goble after the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, talks with students after the ceremony.
Colmon Elridge, executive assistant to Governor Beshear, talks with students after the ceremony.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson talks with students from his district about the statues in the Capitol rotunda after the ceremony.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson talks with students from his district about the statues in the Capitol rotunda after the ceremony.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson poses with students from his district for a group photo after the ceremony.
Sen. Dorsey Ridley of Henderson poses with students from his district for a group photo after the ceremony.
Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington (from left), 2012 KAGE Distinguished Student Kasey Fields, Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer and Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green pose for a picture in the House Chambers after the students were recognized by the House of Representatives.
Rep. Susan Westrom of Lexington (from left), 2012 KAGE Distinguished Student Kasey Fields, Gatton Academy senior Julia Gensheimer and Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green pose for a picture in the House Chambers after the students were recognized by the House of Representatives.
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