New York student named ‘world’s brightest’ by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Advay Misra, PS 59 Beekman Hill International Elementary School, New York named one of the brightest students in the world by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. Photo: Courtesy – Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth

Advay Misra, a student at PS 59 Beekman Hill International Elementary School, New York, has been honored as one of the brightest students in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY), according to a press release from CTY.

Misra was honored with the 2020 Grand Honors Award for his exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT, or similar assessment taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. He is among nearly 1,400 students who scored in the top 9% on their test. CTY uses abovegrade-level testing to identify advanced students.

More than 15,000 students in grades two through eight tested through CTY’s Talent Search between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, representing all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Armed Forces installations in Europe and the Pacific, as well as more than 70 countries.


CTY’s Executive Director Virginia Roach, as quoted addressing the awardees in the press release, “In times like these, we are reminded that the world needs leaders, educators, health care providers, artists, creators, and problem solvers, and we hope you will use your talents to find success in college and your career, serve your community, and cultivate a love of learning that will last a lifetime.”

Five of the students achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of their test. In addition, more than 160 testers under age 13 achieved a score of 700 or higher on the math or verbal section of the SAT, and in turn, qualified for CTY’s Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent.

Honorees also qualified for CTY’s summer, online, and family programs, through which academically advanced students meet and form a community of engaged learners with other bright students from around the world.




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