Summit Cove Elementary School students shine in bright-kids contest |

Summit Cove Elementary School students shine in bright-kids contest

Seven students from Summit Cove Elementary were recognized for performing highly on a regional academic test earlier this month.

Among those honored during the 2012-13 Western Academic Talent Search state recognition ceremony at the Colorado School of Mines were fourth-graders Peter Vos, Keaton Stone, Alex Morano and Karsten Stone, and fifth-graders Jeremiah Vaille, Ryan Dick and Magnus Crone.

Crone and Vos were recognized with “highest honors” for scoring in the top 10 percent of all EXPLORE test participants in Colorado. Morano, Dick, Vaille and the Stone twins received “honors” for testing in the top 25 percent in the state.

“I suspected they had it in them and it was nice to have it confirmed,” said Annette Stone, mother of Karsten and Keaton. “My kids are competitive, especially with each other, and I know this is going to motivate them.”

The Western Academic Talent Search, operated by the Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Development Center, each year administers the EXPLORE test geared to third- through six-grade students in Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.

The purpose of Western Academic’s EXPLORE test is to assess and recognize the academic talents of young students by testing them on eighth-grade level material. The EXPLORE test is optional and only students who score in the 95th percentile on their state’s standardized test are eligible to take it, according to a Western Academic news release.

Crystal Miller, principal of Summit Cove Elementary, said school administrators have been encouraging their students to take the EXPLORE test for more than a decade. EXPLORE provides parents with an opportunity to discover the options available to their academically high-achieving children, Miller said. It also provides another avenue for students to test their knowledge.

But high academic achievement is just one of the characteristics that makes this year’s group of honorees special.

“It’s amazing (they did so well on the EXPLORE test), they’re smart cookies,” Miller said. “They’re great kids, but they know and they’re parents know how important it is to be well rounded.

“They’re all involved with everything from sports and extracurricular (activities) to leadership opportunities.”

Western Academic Talent Search has been identifying academically gifted students for 30 years through a partnership with Johns Hopkins, Duke and Northwestern universities.

For more information about participating in Western Academic Talent Search programs, call (303) 428-2634.

For more information about the Center for Bright Kids, visit

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