Madison Skelonc, a 7th grader at Cedar Springs Middle School, was one of 300 high achieving middle school students recently honored at the annual HATS OFF (High Achieving Talented Students) Recognition Ceremony, a statewide award ceremony that recognizes the top-scoring students who participate in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent Search. The students who were recognized have received extremely high scores on a college entrance exam—either the SAT or ACT—while in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade.
Madison, the daughter of Brent and Jenny Skelonc, of Nelson Township, took the ACT in 6th grade.
The students and their parents were guests at a reception on October 17 that was hosted by the Gifted and Talented Education office at Michigan State University.
The SAT and ACT tests are administered annually to approximately 2,250 Michigan middle school students who demonstrate high academic ability. These tests are utilized by high school juniors and seniors as part of the college admissions process. Data from Northwestern Midwest Academic Talent Search indicates that participating middle school students score, on average, very close to the average score of college-bound high school seniors nationally. Those students recognized at the HATS OFF awards ceremony achieved scores comparable to the top 1-20 percent range of college-bound senior’s scores.
The process seeks to identify students who reason well in math and verbal areas and to recommend educational options available both in and out of school.