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  • Jul 28, 2011
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – American Mensa, the high IQ society, is proud to announce William Rock of North Texas Mensa as the 2011 recipient of the Gifted Children Coordinator Award. The Gifted Children Coordinator Award is given for superior service as a local Gifted Youth Coordinator, which contributes to the growth of programs or services for gifted children and/or growth for Young Mensan membership.


William has been the children’s coordinator for the North Texas Mensa chapter since 2007. Since taking on the role, he has managed to keep a consistent schedule of activities for more than 70 Young Mensans. Activities range from telescope night at the local college to taking tours of the local fire station. Children participating in the program also learn the importance of giving by working with the Meals-On-Wheels program during the holiday season. 

“Here at Mensa, our young members have a thirst for knowledge and are always looking for the next challenge. That is why it is important that our Gifted Youth Coordinators provide an environment where Young Mensans can receive the support and guidance needed to continue their academic excellence,” said Tony Jackowski, Gifted Youth Committee Chair for American Mensa. “Thanks to William’s hard work and volunteerism in the North Texas Mensa children’s program, their gifted youth will always have a place where they learn and be creative, and that is what American Mensa is all about.”

William has been a member of American Mensa since 1985. He is involved with BEST Robotics, a non-profit STEM program for middle and high schools.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1982. He received his Master of Science degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1992. He currently works as a Process Engineer for Raytheon. He resides in Allen, Texas with his wife Ellen and 3 children.

American Mensa is the organization open to anyone who scores in the top two percent on an accepted, standardized intelligence test. The organization has more than 57,000 members in the United States and more than 110,000 members around the world. Members of Mensa attend local and national events; join special interest groups such as astronomy, games, and philosophy; and help out in their communities through various projects. For more information about Mensa, or to apply for membership, visit or call (800) 66-MENSA.