11-year-old Indian-American Girl 'Declared One of the World's Brightest Students'


Subhashri Roy
Updated on Aug 03, 2021 01:03 PM IST

Natasha Peri, who took the Talent Search test when she was in Grade 5, obtained scores in the ACT and SAT's verbal and quantitative sections that levelled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.

11-year-old Indian-American Girl 'Declared One of the World's Brightest Students'

Natasha Peri, an 11-year-old Indian-American girl, has been declared as one of the brightest students worldwide by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for her extraordinary performance in the SAT and ACT tests.

Both the SAT and ACT are standardized tests that colleges use to determine college readiness of applicants. Many companies and nonprofit organizations also use them to award merit-based scholarships.

Peri, a student at New Jersey’s Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School, was among nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries who were part of the Talent Search for 2020-21.

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CTY uses above-grade-level testing to discover students from across the world and give them a clear picture of their true academic capabilities.

Peri took the test in Spring 2021 when she was in the 5th standard. The results showed that her scores in the verbal  and quantitative sections equaled the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.

She was chosen for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards”.

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Peri said that it was something that would motivate her to do more.  She further stated that doodling and reading novels written by J R R Tolkien must have worked for her.

Less than 20% of CTY Talent Search participants were selected for CTY High Honours Awards. They further qualified for CTY’s online and summer programmes, which let bright students network with engaged learners and other bright students from around the world.

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More than 15,500 enrollments in CTY Online Programmes courses are registered every year. Apart from that, CTY’s in-person Summer Programmes for bright students is offered at around 20 sites in the US and Hong Kong.

Source: Hindustan Times

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