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BALTIMORE June 25, 2012-- Today is the day many CTYers have been waiting for all year – the first day of Summer Program classes at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. 

Over the next six weeks, some 9,500 students in grades 2-12 will come together on CTY’s 25 sites across the U.S. and in Hong Kong to engage in challenging coursework in cryptology and zoology, ancient history and mysteries, logic and Latin, and everything in between.

CTY students have packed their bags with t-shirts, flip-flops, and notebooks, kissed their families goodbye, and traveled from neighborhoods and nations all over the world, eager to become part of a community of learners.

Among the bright young people attending CTY this summer are eight students from Bluford Drew Jemison S.T.E.M. Academy in Baltimore, who were sent off to CTY’s site at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. by their parents, grandparents, guardians, and teachers after a celebration at their school Sunday morning. Pictured above is CTYer Kyleel Buckner, a seventh grader at the school, who gets a send-off hug from his mother, Towanda Harris.

CTY Summer Programs run from June 24 –July 13 and July 15-August 3.

About The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
A global leader in gifted education since 1979, CTY is focused on identifying academic talent in exceptional K-12 students and supporting their growth with summer and online courses, family programs, 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.”