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Local middle school student attends Vanderbilt summer program

Local rising eighth-grade student John Degonia participated in Vanderbilt University’s exclusive nationwide Summer Academy in June. While attending the program, Degonia studied logic, statistics and problem solving. (Special photo)

Local rising eighth-grade student John Degonia participated in Vanderbilt University’s exclusive nationwide Summer Academy in June. While attending the program, Degonia studied logic, statistics and problem solving. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — A local rising eighth-grade homeschool student was selected to take part in a national summer program for scholastically skilled students.

Covington resident John Degonia attended the Vanderbilt Summer Academy for academically gifted students in June. After receiving high SAT scores and being named a Duke Talent Identification Program student, Degonia was qualified for the Vanderbilt program. While there, he studied logic, statistics and problem solving.

“Students who attend Vanderbilt Summer Academy are among the brightest in the country, scoring in the top tier on academic achievement tests such as the SAT or ACT,” said Tamra Stambaugh, an executive director of Vanderbilt. “Our classes develop students’ critical thinking skills, encourage intellectual exploration, and teach them how to thrive in a college classroom setting. Students are able to push their intellectual limits alongside peers who also appreciate the sheer joy of learning and discovery.”

The programs for talented youth at Vanderbilt seek to identify and support academically gifted students by providing academic acceleration, challenge and balance to their curriculum.

“The professors were engaging and the classes fun,” said Degonia. “I had a great time and met a lot of really bright students who became friends.”