Elementary and middle school students from the Newport Beach area who attend a private Huntington Beach school were among those recognized as exceptionally bright by a program at Johns Hopkins University.
The university's Center for Talented Youth honored eight students from the Pegasus School for scoring well on advanced exams last year.
"Our kids are bright — that is our legacy," said Pegasus' Director of Advancement Sue Harrison. "That is why this school was founded."
Among those honored were fifth-graders Daniel Fishman of Newport Beach and Cheyenne Bridge of Corona del Mar; sixth-grader Rachel Bryant of Newport Beach; seventh-graders Lauren Fishman of Newport Beach and Ethan Bridge of Corona del Mar; eighth-grader Remy LeWinter of Newport Beach; and two ninth-grader Pegasus graduates: Tristan Bridge of Corona del Mar and Benjamin Chadwick of Newport Coast.
The fifth- and sixth-grade students attended an awards ceremony at Cal Poly Pomona.
"I know each of these students. They are exceptional in other ways as well, not just academically," Harrison said.
The Center for Talented Youth recognized students in grades 2 to 8 who performed well on above-grade-level tests. Seventh- and eighth-grade students take the SAT or ACT, and the younger students take the SCAT.
Students were eligible to take the test if they scored in the 95th percentile on standardized tests.
Malinda Bryant said she and her family looked into the program after being notified that Rachel, 12, had high scores on the standardized test and found the program worthwhile.
Rachel gained test-taking experience and now has access to a number of enrichment programs through the Center for Talented Youth, Bryant said.
The center offers diagnostic testing, college counseling, family academic programs, summer residential programs and advanced classes online.
"This offers kids the chance to engage in real challenging academic work with peers with exceptional abilities," Harrison said.