This is the final part in Aiman’s video series on the Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth Grand Ceremony 2016 in which Aiman was one of the recipients.
In this video Aiman explains more about the Grand Ceremony. In essence it is about honoring the cream of the crop, how to go about qualifying or be eligible for it. Most importantly, Aiman said that it is not about the awards you’ll be getting, but it is about instilling humility and modestly. You may be smartest around your peers, but here at the Grand Ceremony, you’re surrounded by peers who are of equal skill level or better, and that’s why it is important to be humble because you can’t always be the smartest in the room.
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About JHU CTY: Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth honored students from around the world for exceptional academic achievement on Sunday October 16, 2016 at Shriver Hall. The annual event celebrates middle school students who, as CTY Talent Search participants, achieve scores on such above-grade-level tests as the SAT and ACT that would be impressive even for a high school senior. About 1,000 of the more than 27,000 students in grades two through eight who participated in CTY’s 2015-16 Talent Search were honored at Sunday’s ceremony for their exceptional test scores.
Illena Jones and Chris Lehmann were recognized as CTY Distinguished Alumni during the ceremony. Lehmann, who took seven summer courses at CTY, is the founding principal of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an author, and 2014 winner of the McGraw Prize in Education. Both he and Jones said what they loved most about CTY was meeting other students who were excited about learning.
“CTY was the first place in my life, outside the dinner table, where argument and debate and big ideas were cool,” Lehmann said.
Jones, from Baltimore, took CTY summer courses in genetics and genomics, and earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Dartmouth in 2015. Now a research technician at Johns Hopkins University, she has published two papers in the areas of genetics, bioinformatics, and molecular biology. She credited the academic challenges she encountered at CTY for helping her believe in herself.
“What I took with me was a newfound confidence that even though these were college-level courses, I could handle it,” she said.
To participate in CTY, students must first enroll in the talent search for their respected grade levels. CTY’s Talent Search for grades 2 – 8 is the bridge to CTY, including CTY’s highly regarded summer programs, online courses, and other gifted and talented services and resources designed for advanced young learners.
Each year, more than 30,000 outstanding students from the U.S and abroad sign up to test as part of CTY Talent Search. The test can be taken at throughout the year by prospective students worldwide. Alternatively, students can also take another test called CTY Spatial Test Battery (STB). High School students can choose to take SAT or ACT instead.
Of the invited students, at least 100 students achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of the test taken, including several students who received 800 on both math and verbal sections of the SAT.
CTY’s Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) also recognizes students under the age of 13 who achieve a score of 700 or higher on the SAT. There were over 400 students who met SET’s qualifications for the 2015-2016 academic year and were invited to the Grand Ceremony.
Students honored at the 2016 Grand Ceremony qualified for CTY’s residential summer programs, online classes, and family academic programs. At CTY, academically advanced students–who come from some 100 countries around the world–meet others like them and form a community of learners.
Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin, and Lady Gaga are all alumni of CTY at Johns Hopkins University.
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