Somerset High School Student Accepted to WKU’s Gatton Academy
Somerset High School is proud to announce that sophomore Brayden Gross has been accepted to the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, located on Western Kentucky University’s campus in Bowling Green. The academy is a living and learning experience for students entering their junior year of high school. They complete their junior and senior year while living in WKU’s Florence Schneider Hall.
Current Kentucky high school sophomores who are gifted in math and science and meet high standards of criteria, are eligible to apply to Gatton from October-January each year. In February, selected students move on to be invited for interviews. Then, in March, only about 100 students statewide are invited to join fellow incoming juniors to live on campus at WKU. Gatton Academy applicants are evaluated based on ACT/SAT scores, high school grades, awards, extracurricular activities, essay and short answer responses, and letters of recommendation. Members of the selection committee concluded that Brayden possesses both the character and academic strength to be successful at The Gatton Academy.
In response to his acceptance to such a distinguished school, Brayden said, “I have always felt restricted in my academics and The Gatton Academy is going to allow me to challenge and learn more about myself.” Brayden will be dual-enrolled as a student at SHS and at the Gatton Academy for his junior and senior years of high school. He will also be enrolled at WKU as a freshman and sophomore during those 2 years. By the end of his high school career, Brayden will have earned diplomas from both high schools and also have a minimum of 60 college credit hours.
Brayden, son of Christopher and Kimberly Gross, wanted to attend the prestigious high school, which is one of the best in the country, because of the opportunities it will provide him. His mother, Kim, says, “He's so excited. It's such a great opportunity for him.”
According to a Gatton Academy news release, students chosen to attend Gatton Academy have an average composite score of 30.51 on the ACT and 29.88 on the math portion of the exam. The highest possible score is a 36. The news release states that the goal of The Gatton Academy is to enable Kentucky’s exceptional young scientists and mathematicians to learn in an environment of advanced educational opportunities.
Somerset High principal, Jeff Wesley, says, “Somerset High School is proud of Brayden and his academic success. We know that his experience at Gatton will help him in his individual learning journey and we look forward to all his future success. While we will miss him in the halls of SHS, we wish him all the best as a Briar Jumper in Bowling Green!”
Congratulations to Brayden on this exciting journey! There are so many amazing opportunities and experiences that await him in this endeavor.