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Geologist and educator Christine Metzger, and physician Milad Pooran were honored for their extraordinary achievements and awarded the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Distinguished Alumni Award at CTY’s Grand Ceremony on the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore on October 27. 

The standing room-only crowd at Shriver Hall of 1,000 bright students and their families enthusiastically received the three honorees, who urged the students to exercise their scientific curiosity, take courses at CTY that they might not encounter at school, and engage in public service.

More than 275 middle school students and their families from 31 states and three countries attended the 2013 Grand Ceremony, which honors students for their exceptional performance on the college SAT, ACT or similar test as part of the 2012-2013 CTY Talent Search. A total of 1,075 students qualified and were invited to the ceremony at Johns Hopkins.

CTY established the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 to recognize the Center’s most highly accomplished alumni and acknowledge them for making a difference in our world.


About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with courses, services, and resources specifically designed to meet their needs. Education Week called CTY “one of a set of remarkable nonpublic institutions dedicated to the discovery and nurture of the most talented young people for the highest levels of accomplishment.”

• CTY draws students from 50 states and nearly 100 countries worldwide.
• CTY provided $5.5 million in financial aid to more than 6,770 students in fiscal 2013.
• CTY Talent Search participants are a diverse group: Among those who chose to report their ethnicity, 42 percent describe themselves as white or Caucasian, 27 percent as Asian American or Asian, 12 percent as Latino or Hispanic, 8 percent as black or African American, 6 percent as of South Asian origin, 1 percent as Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, less than one percent as Native American, and 4 percent as other.
• For more information about enrolling in the CTY Talent Search, go to