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Gifted student receives YAS grant

5 Jul, 2021

A bright future is on the cards for the latest recipient of Wodonga Council's Young Achiever Scheme.

At just 12 years old, Muhammad Mahd Ansari scored well above his age on the Scholastic College Aptitude Test.

The recent test showed he scored four years above in verbal ability and four years above on numerical reasoning.

His results have earned him a place at the Centre for Talented Youth, which is an online and campus-based course run by the Johns Hopkins University in the US.

The Young Achiever Scheme is aimed at assisting young people in their pursuits to participate at a state or national level for activities, events or competitions.

The scheme provides financial assistance (of up to $800) to individuals or groups of young people to participate, develop skills, compete, perform or represent Wodonga in their chosen endeavour at a local, state, national or international level.

Muhammad will represent Wodonga amongst the best and the brightest students in the world.

He is the first student to make it to the program from the region.

The courses on offer will advance his academic ability and are a chance for him to interact with like-minded gifted students from around the world.

The Centre for Talented Youth Johns Hopkins is the most prestigious talent search program in the world.

Universities in the US start making a pool of viable undergraduate students through these talent search programs.

Muhammad has been described as an across the board profoundly gifted student.

As mentioned above, Muhammad is just 12 years old and he is studying high potential Year 8 and Year 9 Maths Extension (he was two years academically accelerated).

Moreover, he plays representative basketball for Wodonga Wolves and was chosen to attend the 2021 Regional Country Basketball Academy for elite athletes.

Muhammad is the regional champion in the Japanese Speech competition and has won each year since 2018.

He was the first regional finalist from Wodonga for the Lions Club Speech Competition in 2019 and then represented Wodonga at district level and won the encouragement award.