, Spring, 2014 —Annie Kate Walsh
student from Edinburg, was recently honored as one of the brightest
young students in the nation at a regional awards ceremony for
academically advanced children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
The Center honored Annie Kate, a participant in the CTY
Talent Search, for her exceptional performance on a rigorous,
above-grade-level test given to academically talented
As part of the CTY Talent Search, which is going on now,
advanced young learners take above-grade level tests that CTY has used
for years to spot academic talent and reveal gaps between a child’s
academic program and his or her actual capacity for learning. Seventh
and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT—the same tests used for college
admissions. These students, along with second through sixth graders, can
take the School and College Ability Test (SCAT), an above-level test.
Annie Kate, a student at W.W. Robinson Elementary School,
was one of more than 38,000 students from over 120 countries who
participated in the CTY Talent Search. Because of the difficulty of the
tests, only about 30 percent of students who participated earned an
invitation to a CTY Awards Ceremony where they are individually honored
for their academic performance and potential. Most students honored in
2014 CTY Awards Ceremonies also qualified academically for CTY's summer
courses and online classes.
"The CTY awards ceremony congratulates students for their
academic achievement, and it recognizes the defining roles that parents,
educators, and others play in developing the academic talents of our
outstanding honorees,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of
CTY. “For these advanced learners, as with all children, there should be
no gap between their capabilities and the opportunities open to them."
This spring, some 9,700 CTY Talent Search honorees were
invited to participate in 43 CTY Awards Ceremonies across the county,
and one in Hong Kong.
Virginia's 2013 ceremonies were
scheduled at the University of Richmond on Sunday, May 5; and
University of Mary Washington on Saturday, May 18.
About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on
recognizing academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting
their growth with courses, services, and resources specifically designed
to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY "one of a set of
remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture
of the most talented young people for the highest levels of
- CTY draws students from 50 states and nearly 100 countries worldwide.
- CTY provided $5.5 million in financial aid to more than 6,770 students for Talent Search or programs in fiscal 2013.
- CTY Talent Search participants are a
diverse group: Among those who chose to report their ethnicity, 42
percent describe themselves as white or Caucasian, 27 percent as Asian
American or Asian, 12 percent as Latino or Hispanic, 8 percent as black
or African American, 6 percent as of South Asian origin, 1 percent as
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, less than one percent as Native
American, and 4 percent as other.
- Gifted students qualifying for the federal free- or reduced-price lunch program may join the Talent Search virtually for free.
- For more information about enrolling in the CTY Talent Search, go to www.cty.jhu.edu.
Media colleagues: Please contact CTY for a complete list of students in your state honored at recent ceremonies.