D51 has its first Gifted Dancer

Bookcliff 6th-grader D51's first Gifted Dancer
Posted on 09/24/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - Bookcliff Middle School sixth-grader Kaitlynn Olds is the first student in the history of School District 51 to be formally identified as a "Gifted Student in the Area of Dance."  


Kaitlynn worked closely with the D51 Department of Gifted and Talented Education for two years to achieve her dream. She took national assessments, danced in juried performances, was rated based on teacher surveys, and performed for an expert using a state rubric for gifted dancers to achieve this recognition. 


Kaitlynn’s Gifted and Talented teacher when she attended Pomona Elementary, Kristi Beale, said Kaitlynn’s unique achievement shows how diverse Gifted and Talented programming can be.


“We are hoping her recognition will inspire others to learn about the multitude of formal identifications in the state of Colorado, including creativity, leadership, the fine arts, and world languages, as well as the more familiar academic identifications,” Ms. Beale said. 


The Department of Gifted and Talented Education has a teacher or coach at every D51 school. The department offers scholarships for students interested in pursuing their own gifts and talents. For more information about Gifted and Talented programming in D51, call 970-254-6903.


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