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Gupta Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

Odom Academy eighth-grader Krishan Gupta was honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and Northwestern Center for Talent Development (CTD) for his exceptional SAT scores.

Programs like TIP identify academically talented students in the United States each year based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores. Only those who score at or above the 95th percentile qualify. Those students are invited to participate in the Seventh Grade Talent Search to take the ACT or SAT, which are designed for college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders. 

Taking an above-grade-level test is an experience that allows gifted seventh graders to more accurately gauge their academic abilities and potential, as they need more advanced examinations than they find in their grade level. 

As a seventh-grader, Gupta took the SAT and achieved a perfect score of 800 on the math section and scored higher than 99 percent of all students who took the exam, including all high school juniors and seniors.

For his exceptional academic achievement, Gupta was recognized as a Scholar of Distinction by Duke TIP and was awarded their Grand Recognition. He earned Grand Honors and received the Grand Award from Johns Hopkins CTY. Gupta was also recognized as a Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Seventh-Grade Medal Recipient. 

“I am really happy about my performance on the SAT and am looking forward to visiting Duke, Johns Hopkins and Northwestern to receive my awards,” said Gupta. “I could not have achieved all of this without the support and encouragement from my teachers. I am really thankful for my three wonderful years at Odom Academy.”

Jim Wilson, Gupta’s math teacher/coach at Odom Academy, was also recognized as an Educator Honoree by Northwestern CTD during the NUMATS recognition event.

“Krishan is one of those rare students who comes along with tremendous knowledge and plenty of self-drive to both use and increase that knowledge,” said Wilson. “He has been successfully competitive at the local and state levels, but the awards merely confirm what his teachers have known all along -- he is capable of doing great things.”

Gupta will attend West Brook High School in the fall and is setting his sights on studying Aerospace Engineering in the future.