Inside the Gatton Academy Part 2: The students become masters

02/17/2013 04:00 PM

The 128 high school seniors and juniors that make up the student body at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science come from high schools in rural counties and city schools. Some leave schools they’ve long since outgrown academically, while others had attended schools that are highly ranked in their own right.

They make the leap to Kentucky’s elite magnet school at Western Kentucky University’s campus because it gives them access to college professors, research labs and other students who are as academically ambitious as they are. Not to mention, it’s the reigning top school in Newsweek’s high school rankings.

These students are being courted by Harvard and Yale. And since 2007, they’ve collectively won over a notoriously skeptical group: the professors. In Don Weber’s second part in his series about the Gatton Academy, he introduces us to some of the talented students currently enrolled and how they got there:

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at or @mycn2 on Twitter.


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