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April 22, 2009 > Students recognized for academic excellence

Students recognized for academic excellence

Submitted By Jennifer Huynh

Sophia Nguyen of Fremont was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children held by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY). She was invited to this awards ceremony sponsored by CTY ( based on an exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to second through eighth grade Talent Search participants. Seventh and eighth graders took the SAT or ACT - the same tests used for college admissions. Second through sixth graders took the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students.

In 2007-08 alone, over 63,000 students from 19 states and the District of Columbia participated in the Talent Searches offered through CTY. About 30% of the 2nd and 6th graders who tested this winter earned an invitation to CTY's Awards Ceremony, and about 25% of the 7th and 8th grade testers earned an invitation to an Awards Ceremony.

Nguyen, who attends Hopkins Junior High School Junior High School, joined other award recipients at the recent state ceremony, and was individually honored by Johns Hopkins for her academic performance and promise.

"With our annual award ceremonies, we're committed to giving these exceptional young people a stage on which to recognize their academic achievements, just as we celebrate achievements in athletics or the performing arts," said CTY executive director, Lea Ybarra. "Their performance places them in the top tier of students taking these tests, and they certainly deserve acclaim." Who gets the credit for success? "The students," said Dr. Ybarra. "They possess an academic fearlessness and intellectual ability that will benefit their entire generation."

California's 2009 Awards Ceremonies are scheduled at Santa Clara University on Sunday, May 3; California State University - East Bay, California State Polytechnic University - Pomona, and University of San Diego on Saturday, May 16; California State University - Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30; and University of San Francisco on Sunday, May 31.

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