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Top Students Recognized For Academic Excellence

Two Fuqua School students, Maximilian Gebauer and Audrey Gee, were recently honored as two of the brightest young stu-dents in the nation at a statewide awards ceremony for gifted children sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

The Center honored Max and Audrey, participants in the CTY Talent Search, for their exceptional performance on a rigor-ous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second through eighth grade students.

During the Talent Search, advanced young learners take tests designed for older students as a means of gaining insight into their abilities. Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT-the same tests used for college admissions, while second through sixth graders take the SCAT, an above-level test scaled for younger students.

Max and Audrey were two of more than 50,000 students worldwide who participated in this year's CTY Talent Search. Be-cause of the difficulty of the tests, only 25 to 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.

“We are so proud of our CTY Talent Search honorees for their exceptional performance on these tests, and we are thrilled to take this moment to recognize them for their academic achievements,” says Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “Students aren't the only ones who deserve this recognition”, she adds. “Our students wouldn't be who they are today without the parents and educators who have worked so hard to help them develop their talents.”