Harvest Park students recognized for academic excellence

School rated among top 10 in world in Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth search

Over 20 students from Harvest Park Middle School were honored as some of the brightest young people in the world at regional award ceremonies for academically advanced children, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

"We are proud of our students' accomplishments," said Harvest Park principal Ken Rocha. "Harvest Park continues to excel academically while striving to provide our students with innovative and enrichment opportunities that focus on the whole child's well being."

The students, all participants in the CTY Talent Search, were recognized for their exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second-through-eighth-grade students.

According to John Hopkins University representatives, Harvest Park's 33 students who achieved high honors places it among the top 10 schools in the world for the 2015 CTY Talent Search.

Rocha said Harvest Park staff is "incredibly humbled" by this recognition.

More than 33,000 students from 60-plus countries participated in this year's CTY Talent Search by testing between March 2014 and February 2015.

Seventh and eighth graders took the SAT or ACT, which are used for college admissions. These students, along with second through sixth graders, were also able to take the School and College Ability Test (SCAT), an above-level test, or the Spatial Test Batter (STB), which measures spatial ability.

Due to the difficulty of the tests, only about 30% of students who participated earned an invitation to a CTY Awards Ceremony where they were individually honored for their academic performance and potential, said John Hopkins reps.

The following Harvest Park students were recognized as part of the 2015 CTY Talent Search: Ramya Ayyagari, Esha Chawla, Heewoon Chun, Aditya S. Daita, James A. Dormer, Chase H. Fitch, Arnav Garg, Olivia A. Hwang, Sruthi Kalavacherla, Ronit Krovidi, Rishab Kulkarni, Jeremy Li, Sayli Limaye, Aaron Y. Lin, Benjamin K. Liu, Jianna Liu, Vishal V. Palekar, Sonya A. Panwar, Emily M. Powell, Surya Ramesh, Eswarsai Ramineni, Clara C. Rong, Lia E. Sendler, Rhea Y. Shah, Marianna Szambelan, Christopher Tam, Amani Toussaint Green, Collin S. Travasos, Winston Tsai, Peixuan Xie, Lucas G. Yang, John Yi, and Margaret Zhang.

"Congratulations to the students who were recognized as part of the CTY Awards Ceremonies for their willingness to challenge themselves by taking a test originally designed for significantly older students," said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. "This is an opportunity to recognize these students' achievements and to honor the parents and educators who have nurtured and supported their intellectual growth and development."

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