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An 11-year-old Indian-American girl has been declared one of the “brightest students in the world” by a top US university. She has also been honoured for her exceptional performance in the SAT and ACT standardised tests taken as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Talent (CTY) Search.
Natasha Peri, a student at Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School in New Jersey, made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards” for achieving CTY Advanced level in both the tests, according to news agency PTI.
Both the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are standardised tests that many colleges use at the time of accepting a student during admission. These tests are also used by some companies and non-profit organisations to award merit-based scholarships.
Natasha Peri was among the nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries who joined CTY in the 2020-21 Talent Search. She took the test in Spring 2021, when she was in Grade 5. Her results in the verbal and quantitative sections levelled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.
“This motivates me to do more,” Peri said. She said doodling and reading JRR Tolkien’s novels may have worked for her.
CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify the true academic abilities of students from around the world.
“We are thrilled to celebrate these students. In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond,” Virginia Roach, CTY’s executive director.
This year, less than 20 per cent of CTY Talent Search participants qualified for CTY High Honours Awards.
(With PTI inputs)
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