From The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth:
Harford County Public School students Alex Mathoniere and Megan O’Neill were recently honored as two of the brightest young students in the nation at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
The Center honored these academically gifted middle school students who were participants in the 2011 CTY Talent Search for their exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second through eighth grade students.
During the Talent Search, which is going on right now, advanced young learners take above-grade level tests designed for older students as a means of gaining insight into their abilities. These Harford County Public School seventh and eighth graders took the SAT or ACT—the same tests used for college admissions, while second through sixth graders take the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students.
Alex and Megan, students at Fallston Middle School, were two of more than 50,000 students worldwide who participated in this year’s CTY Talent Search. Because of the difficulty of the tests, only 25 to 30 percent of students who participated earned an invitation to a CTY’s Awards Ceremony where they are individually honored for their academic performance and potential.
“We are so proud of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their exceptional performance on these tests and we are thrilled to take this moment to recognize them for their academic achievements,” says Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. Students aren’t the only ones who deserve this recognition, she adds. “Our students wouldn’t be who they are today without the parents and educators who have worked so hard to help them develop their talents.”
This Fall some 9,500 CTY Talent Search honorees were invited to participate in Award Ceremonies at 34 sites across the county.
Maryland’s 2011 Awards Ceremonies were scheduled at the Johns Hopkins University on Sunday, October 23, and Saturday, November 5.
About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY (www.cty.jhu.edu) is focused on identifying academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with courses, services, and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY “one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment.”
• CTY draws students from 50 states, the District of Columbia, and some 120 countries.
• CTY provided more than $5.5 million in financial aid to over 11,000 students in 2010-11.
• More than 17 percent of students identified in the 2010-11 CTY Talent Search are from underrepresented groups.
• Gifted students qualifying for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program may join the Talent Search virtually for free.
• For more information about enrolling in the CTY Talent Search, go to www.cty.jhu.edu