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Frisco High Student Receives Scholarship to Summer Institute for the Gifted(May, 2008)

Jackie at UNT Scholars DayJackie Patterson, currently a junior at Frisco High School, has been awarded a full scholarship to the Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG at the University of Texas at Austin, according to Ann Studdard, Coordinator for Advanced Academics for Frisco Independent School District.

This is the first year Texas has offered a summer institute. SIG also provided funds for the scholarship and asked the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented to select a deserving student for the honor. The officers and Board of Directors of TAGT recommended students but the applications were judged in a blind competition.

Laura Simpson, who is Patterson’s Independent Study and Mentorship teacher at Frisco High School, is particularly proud of her student, she says.

“Jackie has a passion, a desire to learn. She also has great initiative. It is as if she can never get enough,” Simpson said of her student who loves physics and all things concerned with math and science. “She wants to teach. She wants to encourage other people to love physics the way she does.”

Patterson teaches martial arts after school and is also a member of the Academic Decathlon team. She was recently a guest at the University of North Texas Scholars Day where she presented her ISM project on Theoretical Physics. Her mentor is a UNT professor who provides college physics texts and papers for her to read.


“She is so positive and upbeat. She loves learning for the sake of learning and intellectual discussions,” Simpson observed.

The institute will be held at the University of Texas at Austin campus July 13 through August 2, Studdard said.