GCHS Sophomore Chloe Lindsey has been accepted into the prestigious Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University, where she will spend the next two years completing both high school, and her freshman and sophomore years of college. Only 120 students were accepted into the current-year program from applicants worldwide.
Lindsey has been working actively toward her dream of Gatton admission since elementary school when she first heard about it through Gifted and Talented program head Teresa Blain, who has encouraged her all along the way.
She’s somewhat accustomed to living on her own, having experienced two WKU residential academic summer camps. She attended SCATS (Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students). Last year, she was awarded a scholarship for VAMPY (Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth), and has applied to attend again this summer.
She’s looking forward to the classes she’s already scheduled and study abroad opportunities available through Gatton, but is also interested in pursuing some of the typical high school rites such as Governor’s Scholars and extracurriculars.
While wanting to “get the feel of things” before making too many decisions, “there’s a required amount of community service,” said Lindsey, who is currently a member of the GCHS Y-Club, an organization also available at Gatton.
Although she doesn’t know where she’ll eventually attend college, she does plan on pursuing a career will be in biomedical engineering “because I love biology and chemistry and it combines the two,” Lindsey said.
Chloe Lindsey is the daughter of Salina and Josh Lindsey.
The Gatton Academy is Kentucky’s first residential STEM Academy and is for Kentucky high school students interested in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Instead of spending their junior and senior years in traditional high schools, 120 students take all their coursework through WKU with regularly-enrolled college students. It has been named the nation’s number one public high school for three years in a row and has made The Washington Post’s List of Elite Schools for seven years in a row.