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Seventy of the regions top teenagers took the qualifying exam for Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth program, and 32 of the students qualified to participate in the prestigious summer program.
The Department of Education launched its partnership with Johns Hopkins last year, an effort spearheaded by Commissioner LaVerne Terry, according to a statement from the department. With support from an anonymous donor, three of the highest scorers from the St. Croix District were able to participate in the 2012 summer program, which was held at the University’s of Baltimore campus in Maryland.

Making up the qualifiers this year are 17 students from the St. Thomas-St. John District and 15 from St. Croix, some of who live in VIRGIN ISLANDS REAL ESTATE with their families.

“The benefits of a partnership with Johns Hopkins are invaluable,” the Commissioner said in a statement. “Not only have we been able to give our students a first-hand look at campus life, but we are also getting them excited about the possibility of going to college and teaching them what they need to do in order to make that goal a reality.”