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Milwaukee's CBS-58 puts spotlight on Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth program

October 10, 2017

A recent report from Milwaukee's CBS affiliate, WDJT/Ch. 58, highlights the Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) program and how a young student is using the program to supplement his education.

WCATY is an outreach program from the UW-Madison's School of Education and aims to support an inclusive community of academically talented youth. 

CBS58 WCATY"As an expression of the Wisconsin Idea, WCATY extends support to public school districts, learning communities, and families throughout the state and beyond. WCATY creates a culture of learning where students can choose challenge and engage in authentic opportunities," states the program's mission statement. 

12-year-old Menomonee Falls student Sam Demski is one of the 2,500 students WCATY serves every year. Demski speaks three languages, excels in music and reading and scores in the 97th-99th percentile on standardized tests. 

Demski has transferred to a new classroom with more advanced curriculum, and his family has decided to use the WCATY program to supplement Demski's education throughout the summer and school year. 

"It was nice to find kids who are also smart and just connect," Sam told CBS58.

​View the full report: "Local whiz kid can relate to new spinoff series 'Young Sheldon'"

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