Middlebrook School student Nicole Namath was honored as one of the brightest young students in the world at a recent awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Nicole participated in the CTY Talent Search, which identifies second through eighth graders’ learning capacities through above-grade-level testing, and earned an exceptionally high score.

The Talent Search is for students who place at or above the 95th percentiles on national tests, achieve at top levels on state tests or otherwise demonstrate superior academic performance. Seventh and eighth graders like Nicole have the choice of taking the SAT, ACT, or advanced versions of the School and College Ability Test (SCAT) or the Spatial Test Battery (STB).

The CTY Talent Search’s assessments are designed to help parents better understand their children’s math and verbal abilities and show how they compare with those of other advanced students in the U.S. and around the world.

Nicole was one of more than 30,000 students from more than 60 countries who participated in the Talent Search between March 2015 and February 2016, and among the 30% of participants to earn an invitation to the awards ceremony.

Connecticut’s regional ceremonies were held at Yale University in New Haven on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

For more information about the CTY Talent Search, visit cty.jhu.edu.