A Nigerian student has emerged as the world’s brightest.

Written by on August 22, 2021

Fareedah Oyolola, a secondary school student at Greensprings School in Lagos, has been named one of the world’s brightest kids by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth.

This honor is the consequence of her outstanding achievement in the advanced School and College Ability Test (SCAT), which every student must take in order for the school to assess their present academic ability before being admitted to its talent search program.

Fareedah described the test as follows: “The test was a multiple-choice aptitude test in verbal and quantitative thinking, and I had to complete 100 questions in 44 minutes!” At the end of the test, my verbal reasoning score was in the 92nd percentile and my quantitative reasoning score was in the 87th percentile.

There is no way I could have earned these high marks in such a short period of time if my teachers hadn’t worked so hard to enhance my comprehension abilities and mathematical thinking capabilities. I am really grateful to them.”

The Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Virginia Roach, commended Fareedah and other exceptional students throughout the world in a statement published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. “We are pleased to congratulate these students,” she added. Their passion for learning shone through in a year that was anything from average, and we are thrilled to assist foster their progress as scholars and citizens throughout high school, college, and beyond.”

Mrs. Magdalene Okrikri, the secondary school principal at Greensprings Anthony campus, was equally pleased with Fareedah’s recognition. “This honor brings me immense joy,” she added. Fareedah’s accomplishment demonstrates that our Thinking School curriculum is valuable for our students, assisting them in intellectually developing and enhancing their cognitive abilities.”
The Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth is a Johns Hopkins University program dedicated to the development of exceptional young brains. Its 2020–2021 program attracts roughly 19,000 students from 84 different countries. Fareedah and other international honorees are slated to attend a summer program in the United States or Hong Kong.

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