Twelve Olentangy students were among the Ohio students chosen to participate in the 2011 Martin Essex School for the Gifted and Talented, recently held at Otterbein University.

Twelve Olentangy students were among the Ohio students chosen to participate in the 2011 Martin Essex School for the Gifted and Talented, recently held at Otterbein University.

The Essex School, founded in 1976, is being hosted by Otterbein for the first time this year. Workshops are designed to challenge high-achieving students.

Olentangy students chosen to attend the program are Kimberly Agyekum, Rachel Bartram, Anthony Birri, Madison Davis, Ryan Greer, Mariah Hazlett, Christian Keffer, Aubrey Knudson and Chinyere Woods, all of Olentangy Orange High School; Emily McGuinness, Olentangy High School; and John Olmstead and Justin Rose, both of Olentangy Liberty High School.

Another Olentangy Orange student, Dominique Cruz, was one of two Essex alumni chosen to speak during the program's opening ceremony. Cruz attended the Essex program last summer.