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YOUNG, GIFTED AND BLACK

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Paul Edward Hamilton

It's recess at Meadowbrook Elementary School and a multitude of fifth graders crowd the tire swing, jungle gym and basketball hoop â€" laughing, playing and doing what typical 10-year-olds do. However, one of the fifth graders is not so typical. Justin Brown, son of Jeff Brown and Cassandra Ward Brown has displayed some rather remarkable talents and gifts in the areas of mathematics, engineering, writing, and art.
Justin Brown has displayed some rather remarkable talents and gifts in the areas of mathematics, engineering, writing, and art.
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It's recess at Meadowbrook Elementary School and a multitude of fifth graders crowd the tire swing, jungle gym and basketball hoop – laughing, playing and doing what typical 10-year-olds do. However, one of the fifth graders is not so typical. Justin Brown, son of Jeff Brown and Cassandra Ward Brown has displayed some rather remarkable talents and gifts in the areas of mathematics, engineering, writing, and art.

As a participant in the Bakken Museum engineering camp, Justin created an eco-friendly remote controlled car. He is one of a dozen youth featured in a poster at the Bakken Museum showcasing their eco-friendly inventions as part of the Electrifying Minnesota exhibit. In addition, Justin penned a poem, "I am the Shadow," which was featured in the 2006-2007 Compas anthology Eyes Full of Sky. Minnesota based Compas focuses on arts awareness in schools and communities.

Justin's parents have a lot to be proud and thankful for. They have the responsibility and distinct pleasure of helping to guide, shape and mold the bright future of a potential mathematician, engineer or twenty-first century rocket scientist.

Of his son, Brown said: "He may dream of being a professional basketball player, but if he does achieve that goal, he'll do it with a PhD in physics, chemical engineering or medicine."

But as talented as Justin is his way has not always been so smooth. Early pre-school and Kindergarten teachers thought he might have had a learning disability due to the fact that he often seemed distracted or even uninterested in whatever the subject matter may have been.

However from her own obviously extensive personal interactions with her son, Ward Brown knew Justin was extremely bright and probably just bored. Upon completion of comprehensive exams the only people who seemed surprised by the results were the proctors themselves.

Of his son, Brown said: "He may dream of being a professional basketball player, but if he does achieve that goal, he'll do it with a PhD in physics, chemical engineering or medicine."

In cases like Justin's it is helpful to have the support of the local educational community. But obtaining that assistance can prove a difficult task, especially when super- intelligence is often misunderstood and many times goes unrecognized.
 

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