In the fall, approximately 290 Kentucky sophomores started the application process with 192 students qualifying for review.
Applicants were evaluated based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, responses to essay questions, and letters of recommendation.
Last month, 110 candidates were invited to interview with community leaders from across the Commonwealth and Academy staff.
“Once again, the applicants for the Class of 2016 have demonstrated that the depth of outstanding students in Kentucky is substantial. Over the past eight years, we have watched the selection process become more and more difficult. This year was the hardest so far,” said Dr. Tim Gott, Director of the Gatton Academy. “While we wish we had more slots so that we could have selected more strong students, we are greatly impressed with the caliber of the chosen group. The state can certainly be proud of what these students have accomplished already and can anticipate great things from them in the future.”
“The Gatton Academy welcomes members of the 2016 Class, a group of outstanding young women and men with high interest in mathematics and science. They come from school districts around the Commonwealth, a testimony to the fact that the Gatton Academy extends advanced learning opportunities to young people in all Kentucky school districts,” said Dr. Julia Roberts, Executive Director of the Gatton Academy. “The Gatton Academy partners with all school districts in Kentucky, having had students from 113 counties in its first eight classes.”
The incoming class includes students from the following counties: Barren, Boone, Boyle, Bracken, Bullitt, Caldwell, Carlisle, Calloway, Christian, Daviess, Gallatin, Grant, Hancock, Hardin, Hart, Henderson, Jefferson, Kenton, Knox, LaRue, Lyon, Marion, Mason, Meade, Menifee, Montgomery, Nelson, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pulaski, Rowan, Scott, Shelby, Spencer, Taylor, Trigg, Union, Warren and Woodford.
Three counties had students admitted to the Gatton Academy for the first time: Bracken, Caldwell and Owsley.
Moreover, the Gatton Academy assists in preparing Kentucky to compete in a knowledge-based economy by increasing the number of scientists and engineers who live and work in the state.
Students will complete their junior and senior years of high school living in Schneider Hall and taking courses offered by WKU. At the end of their two-year course of study, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.
The Academy provides a rich living and learning environment designed specifically for academically talented adolescent students that features clubs, organizations and community service.
Additionally, students are able to participate in advanced research with WKU faculty members.
Research conducted during students’ time at the Gatton Academy has been honored in the nationally competitive Siemens Competition, Intel Science Talent Search, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, and the Department of Defense Science, Math, and Research for Transformation Scholarship Program. The majority of Gatton Academy students also participate in a study abroad or global learning experience in locations such as Costa Rica, Italy, Greece, England and China.
The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s only state supported, residential program for high school students with interests in advanced science and math careers and one of only 15 such programs in the nation.
In 2012 and 2013, Newsweek named the Gatton Academy the nation’s top public high school.Find the complete list of students selected for the Gatton Academy Class of 2016 here.
Information provided by Western Kentucky University
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