November 26, 2014

Trendsetters

A Number of Achievements

Student Leaders

Mike Vogel | 6/1/2010

Jennifer Tilton
Jennifer Tilton, 14

Future study: Math, maybe architecture

Homework regimen: Two hours on weeknights

Hours of sleep a night: Generally, eight

Video games: None

Socially: “I fit in pretty well socially with all the other math nerds, whatever you want to call them.”

For fun and games: Swimming, Facebook, math competitions

Favorite TV:
“Make It or Break It” and “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”


[Photo: Donna Victor]
At an age when most kids are finishing middle school, Jennifer Tilton is finishing her junior year in high school, first in her class and second in the state in the Florida Mathematics League, with perfect scores on the SAT subject-area tests for math and physics.

Her life in the academic fast lane owes in part to her elementary school, the private Weiss School in Palm Beach Gardens, which let her start kindergarten at age 4 and skip first and fifth grades. She was 11 when she started at public Suncoast Community High School — one of the nation’s best, according to Newsweek — in its math, science and engineering magnet and its International Baccalaureate program. As a freshman, she took AP calculus. “She was always one of my top students and proved it by receiving a five on the AP calculus AB exam at age 12,” says teacher Beth Bobay, who’s a star herself, having won the Siemens Foundation AP teacher award for Florida for 2008-09.

Tilton acknowledges math came fairly easily. “It was like I learned it before,” she says. She’s good at memorizing and doesn’t procrastinate.

“I don’t think I’m better than anyone else,” she says. “Everyone’s good at something. I just happen to be good at something that’s really easy to show.” If it’s any consolation to the math-challenged, she says she’s no natural talent at swimming and has to work hard. She must be working hard enough. She is slated to be co-captain next year of the high school team and was named as an honorable mention pick to the girl’s all-area team by the Palm Beach Post.

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