CJA student receives prestigious honour

Rachel Simantov is a Grade 9 student at Calgary Jewish Academy. (Photo supplied).

(Calgary) – The Calgary Jewish Academy would like to congratulate grade 9 student, Rachel Simantov, on being honoured as one of the brightest students in the world by The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

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. CTY draws students from 84 countries worldwide.

Rachel was honored for her exceptional performance on the SAT / SCAT, an assessment taken as part of the CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities. Simantov was one of 19,000 students who met the requirements to join CTY in the 2020-21 Talent Search year. Less than 20 percent of CTY Talent Search participants qualified for CTY High Honors Awards. Honorees also qualified for CTY’s online and summer programs, through which bright students can form a community of engaged learners with other bright students from around the world.

“We are thrilled to celebrate these students,” said Virginia Roach, CTY’s executive director. “In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond.”

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