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5 Whitby Students Honored by Johns Hopkins

Five Whitby School students have been recognized as the most academically gifted in the country by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth . Two of the students achieved “Top in Country” awards, making Whitby the only school in the nation to have more than one in this high-achieving category.

Doug Fainelli, headmaster of the Greenwich school, in a statement said, “This latest accomplishment by our students is another testament to the Whitby culture and approach: Demonstrating that you can provide a strong academic experience, yet nurture a child’s natural curiosity and love of learning in the healthiest of ways, so they are not only engaged, but also prepared to be successful and productive global citizens.”

Ethan Tillison achieved a Top in Country award in the quantitative math category for third-graders and George Wehner was honored in the same category for second-graders. Jacob Buehler, Jacob Karetsky and Peter Cartine received High Honors awards, placing them among the top-scoring students in the country.

“This is a tremendous tribute to our engaged and dedicated students, the outstanding faculty and the integrated Montessori and International Baccalaureate program that can accommodate the flexibility necessary to enhance advanced student learning,” said Fainelli.

More than 57,000 students, grades 2 through 8, were tested nationally on math and verbal tests. To qualify for the test, students must first score in the 95th percentile in the math or verbal sections or achieve equally high scores on other state or national tests. At Whitby School, 67 percent of the students qualified to take the Johns Hopkins test. Whitby is the nation's oldest Montessori school.

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