Nicholas Green Award

The Connecticut Association for the Gifted participates in the National Association for Gifted Children's  Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award program.  This award recognizes distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, and/or the arts, in children grades 3 through 6.

The Nicholas Green Foundation was established by Maggie and Reg Green to honor the memory of their seven-year-old son Nicholas who was killed in a drive-by shooting while visiting Italy in 1994. The Greens started the Distinguished Student Awards in 1998 because they wanted to recognize young people that are working hard to make the most of their lives and develop their unique gifts and talents, and who are now about the age that Nicholas was when he died.

The Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Awards inspires children to achieve their fullest potential, highlights high-ability students, and draws attention to the educational needs of our nation's gifted and talented students.

Nominate a Student

CAG is accepting nominations for the Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award.  To nominate a student in grades 3-6, please download the nomination form using this link and email to, or mail to: CAG Nicholas Green Award, PO Box 2598, Westport, CT  06880. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31.


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2013-2014 CT Award Winner

CAG is proud to award the 2013-2014 Connecticut Nicholas Green Distinguished Student Award to James L. "Trey' Rawlins, III. James is a student at Edgewood Magnet School in New Haven. In third grade Trey authored the book When Mommy Had Cancer to give other children the courage to not be afraid.

Trey's essay describes how when he was four years old, his mother, Veronica Marion Rawlins, was diagnosed with breast cancer. As he explains, his mother "looked for a children's book to explain to me what we were about to go through. She wanted me to know that our lives were going to be different. She wanted me to understand that she would look different and that sometimes she would need to rest." They could not find any books on the subject. In third grade, Trey decided to write about the family's experience with cancer "to help other families...My book When Mommy Had Cancer is a children's book about hope and courage: hope for the moms to get better and courage for the children to not be afraid."

Since writing the book, Trey has shared his story at several speaking engagements for schools, churches and community organizations, and has participated in television and radio interviews.    

New Haven Free Public Library Stetson Branch Manager Diane Brown, MLS, contacted Trey's mother after reading their story in the New Haven Register. She invited Trey to participate in a book talk at the library. In her letter of recommendation, Brown writes "I can not say enough about this young author; from his thoughtful and caring nature to his ability to engage his audience regarding such a sensitive topic...Since his appearance Trey has inspired other children to share their stories." 

CAG concurs. We are privileged to have learned of Trey and had the opportunity to recognize the insight he shares with others. When Mommy Had Cancer is published by West Bow Press and is available online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Click here to see details on our past winners.

Past Nicholas Green Award Winners

2010-2011 CT Award Winner - Ethan Brown, Bethel

2009-2010 CT Award Winner - Gabriel Sandurra, Stamford

2008-2009 CT Award Winner - Raegan Stokes, Watertown

2007-2008 CT Award Winner - Annalisa Sega, Southington

2006-2007 CT Award Winner - Lucia Pierson, Fairfield

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