Devon Prep eighth-grader Jacob Pabia of Phoenixville was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the nation at a Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY) regional awards ceremony held at Haverford College.
The Center honored Pabia, a participant in the CTY Talent Search, for his exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second-through-eighth-grade students. Pabia took the SAT, the same test used for college admissions. As part of the CTY Talent Search advanced young learners take above-grade level tests that CTY has used for years to spot academic talent and reveal gaps between a child’s academic program and his or her actual capacity for learning.
Pabia was one of more than 38,000 students from over 120 countries who participated in the CTY Talent Search. Because of the difficulty of the tests, only about 30 percent of students, some 9700, earned an invitation to a CTY Awards Ceremony where they are individually honored for their academic performance and potential.
"The CTY awards ceremony congratulates students for their academic achievement, and it recognizes the defining roles that parents, educators, and others play in developing the academic talents of our outstanding honorees,” said Elaine Tuttle Hansen, executive director of CTY. “For these advanced learners, as with all children, there should be no gap between their capabilities and the opportunities open to them."
A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with courses, services, and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY "one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment."
Devon Prep is a private Catholic college preparatory school for young men in grades six through 12 conducted by the Piarist Fathers and located on Philadelphia’s Main Line. For more information call610-688-7337 or visit www.devonprep.com.