Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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June 6, 2010

3 area students chosen for Gatton Academy

Bowling Green — The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky at Western Kentucky University has selected 61 students for its Class of 2012, including three from northeastern Kentucky.

The three are:

‰Curtlyn Kramer, a student at Paul G. Blazer High School whose parents are Betty Rice-Kramer and Curtis Kramer;

‰Jessica Farrell, a student at Boyd County High School whose parents are Annette Farrell and David Farrell;

‰Jaymi Porter, a student at West Carter High School whose parent is Jay Porter.

The students in this year’s class span 38 counties from across the commonwealth. The high school sophomores bring with them to the academy an average ACT score nearly 10 points higher than the statewide average for graduating seniors.

Last fall, 275 students began the admissions process with 125 students qualifying for review. Students were reviewed based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, responses to essay questions and letters of recommendation. Earlier this month, 85 candidates were invited for interviews with academy staff members and representatives from across Kentucky. In the end, 61 applicants emerged from the review process.

“As we begin planning for our fourth year at the Gatton Academy, I am amazed and honored to work with such outstanding students,” said Tim Gott, the academy’s director.

“The incoming Class of 2012 once again demonstrates the incredible caliber of students from across the commonwealth. The depth of academic strength and emerging leadership among this group reveals the state is making a major contribution toward meeting the demand for more professionals in the STEM fields.”

The selected students scored an average composite of 29.2 on the ACT and 29.5 on the math portion of the exam. The highest possible score is 36. The 2009 state average ACT score for graduating Kentucky high school seniors was a composite of 19.4.

For more information about the Gatton Academy is available online at http://www.wku.edu/academy/.

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