PCSD STUDENTS SWEEP ROCKY MOUNTAIN ACADEMIC TALENT SEARCH AWARDS
June 6, 2007
Park City School District students swept the Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search Awards Ceremony for the third year in a row at the University of Utah on May 19. Out of a total of 75 Utah students who placed in the top 25% of students tested in 7 western states in above-level testing, 25 were Park City School District students.
Chris Fournier, Park City School District Gifted and Talented Coordinator sent invitation letters in October to 360 5th-9thgrade students who met the stringent criteria necessary to participate in Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search. Approximately 100 students applied for the opportunity to take above-level testing. On May 19th, 25 Park City School District students placed in the top 25 percent, 10 percent, and Tops In State in a specific category on either the EXPLORE, SAT, or ACT tests.
Honored at the University of Utah Award Ceremony were the Utah students that scored in the top 25 percent. Additional recognition went to the top 10 percent of students, and also the top student in a specific category–only 20 Utah students received this last award, 8 of which went to Park City students.
The Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search is based on above-level testing and optimal match. Since many bright young students achieve above grade level, the talent search may more accurately measure their abilities than traditional in-grade achievement tests. The SAT, ACT, and EXPLORE tests provide a higher ceiling and valuable assessment information for young academically talented students. Taking these tests also provides students with early experience in taking college entrance-type tests. Students who have participated over the years report increased comfort with standardized testing and significant score gains based upon Talent Search experiences.
Park City School District students represented were:
Mallory Benson-EHIMS, 6th grade
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Jack Bowen-TMIS, 9th grade
Hayley Buchman-TMIS, 9th grade, Top 10 percent
Caleb Case-EHIMS, 7th grade, Top 10 percent, Top ACT Reading/Total Composite-7th grade
Katherine Damon-McPolin, 5th grade Top 10 percent.
Maci DeBlanc-McPolin, 5th grade
Gina DeMondo-EHIMS, 6th grade
Haley Ehlers-TMIS, 8th grade
Tessa Eihausen-TMIS, 8th grade, Top 10 percent, Top ACT Reading-8th grade
Skylar Goldman-EHIMS, 7th grade, Top 10 percent.
Arthur Hedderly-Smith, EHIMS, 6th grade
Laura Jacobsen-Parley’s Park, 5th grade, Top 10 percent, Top EXPLORE Math-5th grade
William McDonald-Jeremy Ranch, 5th grade
Anna McGrail-TMIS, 8th grade, Top 10 percent, Top SAT Critical Reading-8th grade
Lauren McNeely-TMIS, 8th grade, Top 10 percent, Top ACT Composite-8th grade
Victoria Nelson-Trailside, 5th grade
Thomas Oriente-EHIMS, 6th grade, Top EXPLORE Reading-6th grade
Matthew Parsons-EHIMS, 6th grade
Adam Penrose-EHIMS, 6th grade
Myles Ricks-EHIMS, 6th grade
James Saarela-EHIMS, 7th grade
Amelia Schwiebert-TMIS, 8th grade
Olivia Schwiebert-Jeremy Ranch, 5th grade
Nicholas Stephens-TMIS, 9th grade, Top 10 percent, Top ACT Reading-9th grade
Lindsey Sullivan-EHIMS, 6th grade
For more information on Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search, contact Chris Fournier, Park City School District Gifted and Talented Coordinator @ 615-0208, email@example.com, or access the Rocky Mountain Academic Talent Search website: http://www.du.edu/city/.