Rheanna Velasquez Named 2017 Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) Award Recipient

(Oct. 5, 2017) – Wooster sophomore, Rheanna Velasquez, has received a medal and an Outstanding Achievement Award certificate for achieving the highest level of distinction as a top scorer in the 2017 Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS). This is the third year in a row that she has received this award, having also been honored in 2015 and 2016.

Award recipients are selected based on the scores they earn on different college readiness tests. In September of each year, the awards are given to the top scorers in each grade level based on their scores from the previous school year. Velasquez was selected for her top performance in the SAT’s Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Last year, she was recognized for her exceptional performance on the ACT.

Velasquez received an Outstanding Achievement Award, a first-place medal and a $600 Tuition Scholarship Award to be used for sponsored coursework through the Center for Talent Development.

NUMATS is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment as a means of gifted testing to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. It identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.

“It is incredibly impressive that Rheanna has not only taken these college readiness tests three times, but each time she has scored high enough to be regionally recognized,” said Principal Tyler Keener. “We are very proud to have her representing Wooster City Schools as she remains dedicated to her academic success.”