On Saturday, we traveled to Madison to attend the WCATY (pronounced “wickety”) award ceremony. For the past few years, A.J. has been identified as being academically talented (unlike his father). That means that in school he gets to take advanced math and advanced literacy classes. I’m sure he doesn’t see getting harder homework assignments as a benefit. Additionally, he has been invited to take some of the standardized tests early. In 5th and 6th grade, he took the EXPLORE test (A college readiness test for 8th and 9th graders) and this year he took the ACT for the first time. This testing is part of NUMATS (the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search). This is a program from the Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University that identifies talented students and creates activities to keep them challenged.

A.J. scored in the top 5% of all the Wisconsin 7th graders that took the ACT this year. In recognition of that accomplishment, WCATY (the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth) invited him to the above mentioned award ceremony. WCATY is similar to the Center for Talent Development, but is based in Wisconsin. At the ceremony, A.J. and about 150 other 4th through 8th grade students from Wisconsin were recognized and received medals and certificates for their achievement. Way to go, A.J.!!! Keep up the great work!


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