NEW YORK, NY – Anastasia Kaliabakos daughter of John and Polyxeni of Astoria, was recognized by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (JHCTY) for her outstanding academic achievement on May 14. At only age 14, Anastasia received the award for her high score on the SAT at a ceremony held at COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. She took the SAT in middle school and qualified for the JHCTY Talent Search. At age 12, Anastasia was accepted into the program and received High Honors for the top score among students in her age group, placing over the 85th percentile of college-bound seniors. She was one of more than 30,000 students from 60 countries who participated in the talent search from March 2015 to February of this year.
JHCTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ELAINE TUTTLE HANSEN said “we are thrilled to celebrate these students for their hard work and academic achievements. We’d also like to recognize the parents and educators who saw the academic talent in these students and provided them with opportunities to develop it further.”
After successfully completing the eighth grade, Anastasia took the specialized high school test and earned a spot at STUYVESANT HIGH SCHOOL, as well as some of the elite private schools in Manhattan, choosing to attend BREARLEY SCHOOL, the top all girls school in the country.
In her first year at Brearley, Anastasia joined the math team, Latin team, and the chorus, and was one of five girls selected for the Advanced Science Research Seminar for her remaining three high school years. Her extracurricular activities include tutoring underprivileged students in Latin and competing in equestrian events with two equestrian teams. Anastasia has competed and placed at the regional and nationa