May 10th, 2013
And the Winner Is....
The California Foundation for Gifted Education would like to congratulate
Kalea Power as the recipient of the 2013 Margaret Gosfield College Grant.
As a young ballerina, Kalea found her passion in the field of dance. After 13 years of dedication and hard work, she is now an accomplished dancer with many honors and distinctions, including being invited to an exclusive program at the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.
Looking over her accolades and achievements, Kalea has witnessed the tremendous importance dance has had in shaping her growth and development. Dance has become a key ingredient to her core values and identity. Throughout high school, Kalea organized classical ballet and contemporary dance shows to be performed at nursing homes for the elderly residents and staff. In interacting with the residents, Kalea witnessed the effects of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. This sparked a desire for her to study the human brain and learn what influences visual arts, like dance, can have on a mind’s development and cognition. As a sophomore, she was selected to study in the UCLA Neuroscience Department as a lab researcher, under Dr. Joseph Watson.
Kalea will attend Princeton University this fall and will study neuroscience while continuing her dance career through Princeton’s elite dance program. She is excited to pursue both her academic and artistic goals.