At Johns Hopkins University: Area Student Honored by CTY

Fourth-grade Southbury student Brandon Villadolid was honored as one of the brightest students in the world at an international Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth awards ceremony at Johns Hopkins University. Pictured with Brandon is Amy Shelton, director of research at CTY.

SOUTHBURY — Southbury student Brandon Villadolid has been honored as one of the brightest students in the world at an international Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth awards ceremony. Brandon was honored for his exceptional performance on the School and College Abilities Test, taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.

Brandon, a fourth-grade student, is currently enrolled in seventh-grade, pre-algebra with CTY and is enjoying the self-paced online course flexibility and the academic challenge it provides. This is his third online math course with CTY.

More than 18,000 students in grades 2 through 8 tested through CTY’s Talent Search between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, representing all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

More than 2,100 students from this group who scored in the top 12 percent on their test were invited to attend the Grand Ceremony, which took place on Saturday, November 23, 2019, at Johns Hopkins University.

“Honorees, today we celebrate the knowledge and perseverance you have demonstrated by taking a test designed for much older students and achieving a remarkably high score,” said Amy Shelton, CTY’s interim executive director and director of research.

“Above all, today we celebrate your potential. In the months and years to come, we hope you’ll stay curious, keep challenging yourself and continue learning and growing as a scholar. Use your talents to do good things in your communities,” she said.

At least 40 of the students who tested through CTY’s Talent Search between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019, achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of their tests.

More than 380 testers under age 13 scored 700 or higher on the math or verbal section of the SAT and, in turn, qualified for CTY’s Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent.

Students honored at the November 23 ceremony also qualified for CTY’s summer, online and family programs, through which academically advanced students meet and form a community of engaged learners with other bright students from around the world.

Each year, more than 9,700 pre-college students enroll in CTY Summer Programs, held at 25 sites in the U.S. and Hong Kong on campuses ranging from Johns Hopkins and Princeton to Loyola Marymount and Dominican Universities.

There are more than 15,500 enrollments in CTY Online Programs courses and more than 3,200 enrollments in CTY Family Academic Programs each year.

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