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Lyell Marcis

Lyell Marcis

Lyell Marcis from El Portal has been honored as one of the brightest young students in the world by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Marcis, 11, a student at Yosemite Valley Elementary School, is entering the sixth grade. He received a High Honors Award for exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT or similar 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.

Marcis was one of more than 16,000 students from 66 countries who tested with CTY in the 2019-20 Talent Search year. Less than half of CTY Talent Search testers qualify for CTY High Honors Awards. Honorees also qualified for CTY’s summer and online 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 for their hard work and academic achievements,” said Amy Lynne Shelton, CTY’s interim executive director and director of research. “While we honor this achievement, we also celebrate their potential for finding success in college and a career, serving their communities and cultivating a love of learning that will last a lifetime.”

CTY’s summer programs for bright students are held at 25 sites in the United States and Hong Kong. In addition, there are more than 15,500 enrollments in CTY online program courses and more than 3,290 enrollments in CTY family academic programs each year.

As a global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on recognizing academic talent in K-12 students and supporting their growth with courses, services and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. CTY draws students from 50 states, and 81 countries worldwide. CTY provides more than $5 million in financial aid to nearly 7,000 students.

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