Eighth grader Ryan Siegel, 14, of Short Hills is slated to be honored at a ceremony at Johns Hopkins University this fall for scoring a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT, which he took in January as part of the national Talent Search sponsored by the university. More than 60,000 students take part in this talent search each year, and the highest scoring participants are honored at the university's Baltimore campus. Students register through the Talent Search and take the same test along with college-bound high school seniors.
Ryan's outstanding scores on the SAT last year, while he was in seventh grade, made him eligible to join a small percentage of students in the Johns Hopkins Study of Exceptional Talent (SET.) To qualify for the SET program, student must score above 700 on one section of the SAT before the age of thirteen. For this achievement, Ryan was honored last June at Johns Hopkins and was awarded a one course scholarship at a local four year college. Ryan, a student at Newark Academy, is currently using that scholarship by taking a math class at Bloomfield College, which he takes in addition to his regular school coursework.