Maya Theodoros, 14, of Sherman, was recently honored as one of the brightest young students in the world during a regional awards ceremony for academically advanced children.

The program is sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Maya was recognized for her exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-grade-level test given to academically talented second-through-eighth grade students.

The ceremony took place at Yale University in New Haven.

As part of the CTY talent search, advanced young learners take above-grade level tests to identify academic talent and reveal gaps between children’s academic programs and the actual capacity for learning.

Seventh and eighth graders take the SAT or ACT, the same tests used for college admissions.

These students, along with second- through sixth-graders, can also take the School and College Ability Test, an above-level test, or the Spatial Test Battery, which measures spatial ability.

Maya, an eighth-grade student at Hewitt School in New York City, was one of more than 33,000 students from 60-plus countries who participated in the CTY talent search this year by testing between March 2014 and February.

Because of the difficulty of the tests, only about 30 percent of students who participated earned an invitation to a CTY awards ceremony, where they are individually honored for their academic performance and potential.