Tom Clynes Receives the NAGC 2017 Community Service Award
September 19, 2017

Tom Clynes community service.jpg

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) today announced Tom Clynes will receive a 2017 Community Service Award at the NAGC 64th Annual Convention in Charlotte, NC, November 9-12, 2017. Tom Clynes, an author and photojournalist was selected because his writing has helped bring the needs of gifted children to the public’s attention. 

“NAGC is committed to providing opportunities and resources to better understand and serve all gifted and talented children,” said M. René Islas, NAGC Executive Director. “The awards program shines a light on those who are making a difference in supporting gifted children as they reach to achieve their personal best.”

The Community Service award is presented to an individual or organization that has made contributions that benefit gifted young people in the community, state, or nation.

Mr. Clynes book, The Boy Who Played with Fusion, in particular, raised public awareness and created a sense of urgency about meeting the needs of our gifted learners.  It is the story of Taylor Wilson who became the youngest person to build a functioning nuclear fusion reactor and who then continued creating and innovating in important ways.


The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) is a membership organization whose mission is to support those who enhance the growth and development of gifted and talented children through education, advocacy, community building, and research. 

CONTACT:  Cathleen Healy,

Follow NAGC on Twitter and Facebook.