As an eighth grade student last year at Central Middle School (CMS), William Drew, currently a ninth grade student at Wayzata High School, earned two first place awards out of all eighth grade students who participated in the Northwestern University Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS).
Drew took both the SAT and ACT as an eighth grader (usually taken by college-bound seniors) and he scored first place in multiple categories, which makes his achievement even more remarkable. Drew placed first in the math section of both the SAT and ACT and second place in reading on the ACT. He recorded perfect scores in the math sections of both tests.
Drew was invited to Northwestern University to be recognized at a special ceremony on September 7. Approximately 30,000 students from an eight state area qualified and chose to participate in NUMATS. Of these 30,000, the top one to 1.5 percent were invited to attend the award ceremony.
Drew was asked by NUMATS to nominate a teacher who has made a significant impact on his life. Drew chose CMS Vision 21 teacher David Lutz. Together, Drew and Lutz were recognized on September 7 in Evanston, Illinois. Drew will receive a scholarship to the Center for Talent Development through Northwestern University. Lutz will receive a one-year membership to the Minnesota Council for the Gifted and Talented.
Drew and several other Wayzata students who were invited to attend the NUMATS awards ceremony will be recognized by the Wayzata School Board at a regular meeting later this fall. The following Wayzata Public Schools students qualified in last year’s competition in the top one to 1.5 percent in NUMATS:
Seventh grade from CMS are Ian Colson, Samuel Peterson, Jason Weng and Andrew Zhou
Seventh grade from East Middle School (EMS) is Shubham Singh
Eighth grade students from CMS are William Drew, Samyak Jain, Christine Luo and Mina Yuan