11-year-old Indian American declared one of the world’s brightest students

11-year-old Indian-American girl, Natasha Peri has been declared as one of the brightest students in the world by a top US university’s educational program. A student at Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School in New Jersey, Peri was honoured for her exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment taken as part of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (VTY).

Peri made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards,” and was one of nearly 20 percent of CTY Talent Search participants qualified for the award.

She was nearly one of 19,000 students from across 84 countries who had joined CTY in the 2020-21 Talent Search year, new agency PTI reported. Peri took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search 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, the report added.

Doodling and reading J R R Tolkien’s novels have worked for her. Peri said, “This motivates me to do more.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore uses above-grade-level testing to analyse advanced students from across the globe and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.

“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,” CTY’s executive director Virginia Roach, said in a statement.


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