Fareedah Oyolola, a young high school student of Greensprings School based in Lagos, Nigeria, has been honoured by The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth as one of the brightest students in the world.
This recognition was awarded to her due to her incredible performance in the SCATs (Advanced School and College Ability Test). This test is taken by every student who wished to gain admission into The John Hopkins talent search programme.
Fareedah’s score was in the 92nd percentile for verbal reasoning and 87th percentile for quantitative reasoning.
In an interview with Vanguard Ng, she said,
“The test was a multiple-choice aptitude test in verbal and quantitative reasoning, and I had to answer 100 questions within 44 minutes! There’s no way I would have gotten these high scores with such a limited time window if not for the great work put in by my teachers, towards developing my comprehension abilities and mathematical reasoning skills. I am very grateful to them.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, the Executive Director; Virginia Roach, also issued a statement congratulating Fareedah and other outstanding students across the world.
“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.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a gifted education program for school-age children founded in 1979 by psychologist Julian Stanley at Johns Hopkins University. Its summer courses bring together students in grades 2–12 from around the world to take on challenging, advanced subjects. Fareedah and other honourees from other countries are expected to attend the summer programme in the United States.