Meet 11-year-old Indian American Natasha Peri who has recently been ranked among the brightest students in the world. The 11-year-old girl has been recognized the brightest among the brightest thanks to her exemplary performance in SAT and ACT standardized tests.

The recent report of Natasha ranked as one of the brightest students in the world comes almost a month after Indian-American Abhimanyu Mishra became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world at just 12 years and a few months behind him.


Indian-Americans have over the course of years made the country proud in multiple sectors. From Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai to Microsoft’s chief Satya Nadella. From Sun Microsystems’ Vinod Khosla to Adobe Systems’ CEO Shantanu Narayen. Indian Americans have been surfing the wave of innovation and have established a otherwise ‘third-world’ considered country as a land of opportunities and hard-work. And recently, more such person has come out of the shadows and may join the ranks of the people mentioned above.

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Meet Natasha Peri

Natasha Peri is 11-years-old and studies at the Thelma L Sandmeier Elementary School, New Jersey. Like many 11-year-old kids, she enjoys doodling and spends her time reading fantasy boos. However, unlike most 11-year-kids, she has recently been honoured for her brilliant performances on her SAT, ACT and other assessment tests she took. She took those tests as a part of John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search.

What’s SAT, ACT?

For the unversed, the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) and the ACT (American College Testing) are much akin to entrance tests used by colleges across US for determining whether the students’ scores are good enough to offer them an admission. Through good SAT and ACT scores students may get admissions from the university of their choice and even get offered scholarships (although the test scores are one of the many other factors).

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How Difficult was it for Natasha?

Taking our focus back to Natasha – she was one of the nearly 18,000 students across the world who joined the Center for Talented Youth in its 2020-21 Talent Search. For gauging the true potential of a student, the CTY uses an advanced above-grade testing to separate the brightest from the bright.

This is How Smart Natasha Is

The currently 11-year-old student took the first test in 2021 spring when she was in class 5. After her results, it was found out that her verbal and quantitative performances was better than the 90th percentile of advanced 8th standard performance. Through this, she made the cut for the High Honour Awards that John Hopkin CTY awards to the young academic geniuses.

To give our readers a perspective as to just how challenging it is to make the cut for High Honour Awards, we must note that less than 20% of the CTY talent search participants across the world qualify for these awards. Moreover, now Natasha will get an opportunity to engage with equally talented learners and other bright students as CTY offers online and summer programs for the CTY High Honour awardees.

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CTY Director

Center for Talented Youth director Virginia Roach was quoted in her statement saying-

“We are thrilled to celebrate these students. In a year that was anything but ordinary, their love of learning shined through, and we are excited to help cultivate their growth as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond.”