Top Students From New York Are Recognized for Academic Excellence
BALTIMORE, â€”Andrew Salerno, a student from smithtown, was recently honored at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children held by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
Andrew Salerno was invited to this awards ceremony sponsored by CTY (www.cty.jhu.edu) 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 ACTâ€”the same tests used for college admissions. Second through sixth graders took the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students.
Since 1979, CTY has sought the most academically able elementary- and middle-school students and encouraged their enrollment in the annual fall CTY Talent Search, open September through November. Students then test in December or January.
The results of these tests give families a better idea of a child’s academic talents, particularly in comparison to the thousands of other academically talented students in the Talent Search. Students can also earn recognition at CTY’s awards ceremonies, and their test scores may qualify them for CTY’s summer programs and distance education courses.
In 2006-07 alone, over 73,000 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.
Salerno, who attends Accompsett Middle School, joined other award recipients at the recent state ceremony, and was individually honored by Johns Hopkins for his 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.”
Leading them to their success, she said, are parents and educators. “Parents who support and encourage their children, and teachers who inspire through their knowledge and passion for a subject, create engaged young people who are well prepared to lead and shape tomorrow’s world.”
New York’s 2008 Awards Ceremonies were scheduled at SUNY New Paltz, Union College, and the University of Rochester on Saturday, June 7; SUNY Stony Brook on Sunday, June 8; and Sarah Lawrence College on Saturday, June 14.
About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY conducts the nation’s oldest and most extensive academic talent search and offers educational programming for students with exceptionally high academic ability. CTY parallels, and complements, a gifted child’s regular school experience. CTY’s programs and students have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and other premier American publications. Other Information:Â Â
- CTY is a nonprofit center at The Johns Hopkins University.
- CTY draws students from 50 states and DC, as well as students from over 90 countries.
- 2006-07 saw over 73,000 second- through eighth graders participate in CTY’s Talent Searches.
- CTY provided $ 4.52 million in financial aid to over 1,700 students in 2006-07.
- In the 2006-07 Talent Search, 15.6% of students in CTY’s Talent Search were identified as underrepresented.
- Gifted students qualifying for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program may join the Talent Search virtually for free.