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Green sophomore granted Mensa membership

5/29/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

Gracyn Noffert
GREEN — Gracyn Noffert was excited when she earned her driver’s license, a rite of passage for most teens, in March. But the Green resident said she was really excited when she found out she had been granted membership in Mensa, an international organization for people who score in the top 2 percent of the general population on standardized intelligence tests.

“I think it’s pretty amazing,” she said of her acceptance into Mensa. “I was very excited when I found out I was accepted. I think it would be cool to go to [a Mensa meeting] and meet other people.”

The 16-year-old Green High School sophomore, the daughter of Steven and Colleen Noffert, qualified for admission to Mensa with scores from an Otis-Lennon School Ability Test she took in third grade, said Colleen Noffert. Although, according to the Mensa website, the organization has members as young as 2, Colleen Noffert said she decided she’d wait until Gracyn was older to apply for membership.

Identified in kindergarten as gifted, Gracyn has a 4.4 GPA and scored a 34 out of 36 on the ACT test she took in December as a 15-year-old. She was captain of the 2013 Green High School junior varsity volleyball team, is a three-year member of Student Council, vice president of her class and participates in choir.

Gracyn also is a member of Girls of Green, a volunteer organization at her high school and has volunteered for her church and for Summit County Children Services. She is just about due to donate — for the third time — 8 inches of her hair to make wigs for chemotherapy patients through the Pantene® Beautiful Lengths program, said her mother.

Although it’s still early, Gracyn has begun to think about college and, perhaps surprisingly, the Ivy League isn’t her top pick.

“I’ve always loved OSU [Ohio State University], but probably should look at other schools like OU [Ohio University] and Miami [University of Ohio],” she said. “I’m going to look at the Ivies to see what’s out there.”

One of her top considerations in a school is location.

“My family means a lot to me,” she said.

She said she’s looking for a school far enough away from home to give her some independence, but close enough to allow her to come home for her younger sister’s high school dances and other important events. Gracyn’s sister, Peri Noffert, is a student at Green Intermediate School.

A math and science lover, Gracyn said she plans to pursue a career in engineering or pediatric medicine. As a volunteer at Queen of Heaven Catholic Church’s summer camp, Gracyn said she has greatly enjoyed working with children in prekindergarten through fifth grade.

Her favorite class so far in high school is Algebra II, she said. This year she has studied precalculus, but took a pass on the Advanced Placement history class since she does not plan to pursue that subject after high school, she said.

Her family has purchased season passes to Cedar Point and Gracyn said she is looking forward to visiting the park and riding her favorite roller coaster, the Maverick.

American Mensa, with more than 57,000 members, is the largest national Mensa operating under the auspices of Mensa International, Ltd. There are currently more than 100,000 members worldwide, and an estimated 6 million Americans are eligible for Mensa membership, according to the Mensa website.

Mensa was founded to identify and foster human intelligence for the benefit of humanity; encourage research in the nature, characteristic and uses of intelligence; and provide a stimulating intellectual and social environment for members, the website stated.

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