Indian-American student named as 'World's Brightest' student for second time

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Indian-American schoolgirl Natasha Periyanayagam has been named in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth's list of "world's most talented" students for the second year in a row.

Who is Natasha Perianayagam?

  • Natasha Periyanayagam is 13 years old and studying at Florence M Gaudiner Middle School in New Jersey, United States.

  • She took the John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) exam in 2021. At that time she was a fifth grader.

  • Natasha's performance in the Verbal and Quantitative Aptitude Test was equivalent to achieving a 90 percentile in grade eight, earning her a place on that year's honours list.

  • The list is compiled based on the results of upper-grade-level tests of more than 15,000 students from 76 countries.

  • CTY uses grade level testing to identify advanced students around the world and present a clear picture of their academic abilities.

  • Natatha's parents are from Chennai, she loves doodling and reading JRR Tolkien novels in her spare time.

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