On October 2, 2010, 37 students from Fairmont Private School campuses were honored at a
The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) awards ceremony held on the
campus of Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Fairmont students took home a total
of 64 awards based upon their performance on tests taken last academic year, including two
Top in Country awards and three Top in State awards. Sixth grader Ejay Cho placed first in the
nation in the SCAT Quantitative category for fifth grade. Ninth grader Winston Lee placed first
in the nation for eighth grade in the SAT Math category.
The awards ceremony honors students according to their exceptional performance on a
rigorous, above-grade-level test given to second through eighth grade CTY Talent Search
participants. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college
admissions. Second through sixth graders take the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger
The results of these tests give families a better idea of a child’s academic strengths, particularly
in comparison to the thousands of other academically talented students in the Talent Search.
Students can also earn recognition at CTY’s awards ceremonies, and their test scores may
qualify them for CTY’s summer programs and distance education courses.
In 2009-10 alone, over 53,000 students from 21 states and the District of Columbia participated
in the Talent Searches offered through CTY. About 30 percent of the second and sixth graders
who tested this past winter earned an invitation to CTY’s awards ceremony, and about 25
percent of the seventh and eighth grade testers earned an invitation to an awards ceremony. “Fairmont has always been well represented in the Talent Search program,” said Fairmont’s
Mable campus Admissions Director Christie DuVall. “Last year, The Johns Hopkins University
Center for Talented Youth worked directly with us to promote the program to our students.
It’s an honor to be recognized as a top local school and a thrill to see so many of our students
receive awards in this prestigious program.”
Fairmont Private Schools and CTY share a commitment to challenge students to realize their
full academic potential. “Parents who support and encourage their children, and teachers
who inspire through their knowledge and passion for a subject, create engaged young people
who are well prepared to lead and shape tomorrow’s world,” said CTY executive director, Lea Ybarra.
About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
CTY conducts the nation’s oldest and most extensive academic talent search and offers
educational programming for students with exceptionally high academic ability. CTY parallels,
and complements, a gifted child’s regular school experience. CTY’s programs and students
have been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and other
premier American publications. Other information:
- CTY is a nonprofit center at The Johns Hopkins University.
- CTY draws students from 50 states and DC, as well as students from almost 120
- 2009-10 saw over 57,000 second- through eighth graders worldwide participate in CTY’s
- CTY provided over $5 million in financial aid to over 9,000 students in 2009-10.
- In the 2009-10 CTY Talent Search, over 15% of students were identified as
- Gifted students qualifying for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program may join
the Talent Search virtually for free.