11-year-old Indian-American girl honored as the ‘brightest student’ in the world


A young Indian-American girl has been declared one of the brightest students in the world by a highly credited education program for school-going children in the US.

Natasha Peri, 11 years old is a student of Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School in New Jersey, has made it to the High Honours Awards after the John Hopkins Talent Search Test in 2021.

This fifth grader’s performance leveled with the 90th percentile of a performance equivalent to the eighth grade.

The Talent Search Test is conducted by John Hopkins, a private research university in Baltimore. Students from all 50 states are encouraged to participate.

The John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth explains the test as a step to identifying a child’s “unique talent by matching them to an appropriate challenge”. The Center also provides courses that “bright” students can take up during the summer – both online and offline.

Peri, who likes doodling and reading JRR Tolkien’s novels, made the cut for Johns Hopkins CTY “High Honors Awards” and was among the nearly 20 percent of the talent search participants who qualified for the award. “This motivates me to do more,” Peri said.

According to news reports, Peri was one of nearly 19,000 students from 84 countries who took part in the latest talent search. She took the Johns Hopkins Talent Search test in spring 2021 when she was in Grade 5. Her results in the verbal and quantitative sections leveled with the 90th percentile of advanced Grade 8 performance.

The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth in Baltimore uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students from around the world and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.

“We are thrilled to celebrate these students. 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,” Virginia Roach, the executive director of the Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth, said in a statement.