An Indian-American 11-year-old girl named Natasha Peri has been adjudged as one of the brightest students in the world by a top US university for her exceptional performance in the SAT and ACT standardized tests.
The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and American College Testing (ACT) are standardized tests that many colleges require students to take and submit their scores to their prospective universities in the USA and Canada. In some cases, companies and non-profits also use these scores to award merit-based scholarships.
(Natasha Peri, the 11-yo Indian-American Girl)
Natasha studies in the Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School in New Jersey and has been honoured for her exceptional performance in the assessment which she took as part of the talent search of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).
The Johns Hopkins CTY situated in Baltimore uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.
Out of the 19,000 students from 84 countries who joined CTY in the 2020-21 Talent Search year, she made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards”.
Natasha took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search test in the spring of this year when she was in Grade 5. Despite being in the 5th Grade, her results in the verbal and quantitative sections levelled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.
Speaking on her achievement, Natasha who likes to doodle and read J R R Tolkien’s novels said, “This motivates me to do more.”
Virginia Roach, the John Hopkins CTY’s executive director, said in a statement, “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.”