ACHS’ Marcello Ma honored as The Brightest Middle School Students

Marcello Ma CTY Grand Honor 2013.
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BALTIMORE October 27, 2013—Marcello Ma, a student from Oxnard, CA, was honored today as one of the brightest middle school students in the world at a national awards ceremony sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

The Center honored Marcello, who was a student at Cabrillo Middle School and currently is a 9th grader at Adolfo Camarillo High School, for his exceptional performance as a middle school student on the college SAT, ACT or similar test as part of the 2012-2013 CTY Talent Search. CTY uses above-grade-level tests (such as the college SAT for middle school students) because they provide a clear picture of advanced students’ academic abilities.

This year there were more than 35,700 second-through-eighth grade participants in the CTY Talent Search, which identifies and recognizes the academic capabilities of advanced students around the world. Students from 50 states and 69 countries participated in the 2012-2013 Talent Search.

Of the 17,670 seventh and eighth grade participants in the 2012-13 CTY Talent Search, only 1,075 U.S. and international middle school students scored high enough on their above-grade-level tests to be invited to the ceremony on the Johns Hopkins University campus.

Of the invited students, at least 106 students achieved a perfect score on the reading or math section of the test taken, including three 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, including Marcello, who achieve a score of 700 or higher on the SAT. There were 462 students who met SET’s qualifications for the 2012-2013 academic year and were invited to the Grand Ceremony.

Students honored at the 2013 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.

“Under the skin, beneath the divisions and differences, human intelligence is a force that knows no geographical or linguistic or ideological distinctions,” said Elaine Hansen, executive director of CTY. “Today we take a moment to recognize these young students for their remarkable achievements. We also honor the parents and educators who have helped these promising young people on their road to success.”

Every year, more than 9,400 bright, pre-college students participate in CTY summer programs, which are held at 24 sites in the United States and Hong Kong on campuses ranging from Johns Hopkins and Princeton to Stanford and Berkeley. Another 13,300 students take CTYOnline courses annually, and more engage in family programs.

Enrollment for this year’s CTY Talent Search is currently underway at

Media colleagues: For a complete list of students honored at the Grand Ceremony, please contact Maria Blackburn at (410) 735-6263, or email

About The Johns Hopkins University 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. Education Week called CTY “one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment.”

  • CTY draws students from 50 states and countries worldwide.
  • CTY provided $5.5 million in financial aid to over 6,770 students in fiscal 2013.
  • CTY Talent Search participants are a diverse group: Among those who chose to report their ethnicity, 42 percent describe themselves as white or Caucasian, 27 percent as Asian American or Asian, 12 percent as Latino or Hispanic, 8 percent as black or African American, 6 percent as of South Asian origin, 1 percent as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, less than one percent as Native American, and 4 percent as other.
  • Gifted students qualifying for the federal free or reduced-price lunch program may join the Talent Search virtually for free.
  • For more information about enrolling in the CTY Talent Search, go to

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