Exceptionally Gifted

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

It's not what they do, but how old they are that makes them unique.

Samantha Sprole plays the flute, but that's not what makes this 15-year-old special. Samantha is in the P.E.G., program for exceptionally gifted students at Mary Baldwin College. She says high school was not challenging enough.

"I came her because I was dissatisfied with high school," said Sprole. "I wasn't enjoying it or having a good time. I didn't feel challenged and I found most of high school was all about the social aspect."

Samantha says she knows she is missing out on the high school experience, but she's looking at the big picture.

"I do realize I am missing out on a lot of things," said Sprole. "I think what I am doing now is more important for the long term."

Isabella Stanton is a 16-year-old senior at Mary Baldwin College and also a member of the P.E.G. program. She says the newcomers should expect to make mistakes, but they will grow from them.

"Over all I am please with it," said Stanton. "Of course there is certain aspects of it I wouldn't want to repeat, but over all I'm glad I came."

Officials say sometime students in the program do get home sick, but they try to build a family atmosphere for them.

"I'm sure for them it must be kind of frightening," said Judith Shuey director of P.E.G. "They are getting special support that traditional students are not getting, we give them a lot of attention, time and love."

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