A teen from the Simi Valley (CA) Grace Brethren Church, CJ Cruz, far left, spent three weeks in China this summer as part of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Here, the 15-year-old practices tai chi with some fellow students in the program. He is featured in today’s Simi Valley Acorn. To read the entire article, click on
http://www.simivalleyacorn.com:80/news/2007/0824/Community/023.html Here is an excerpt from the article:
For most teens in Simi Valley, summer vacation means a break from school, hanging out with friends and enjoying all types of recreational activities.
But for 15-year-old CJ Cruz, this summer meant spending three weeks in China with about 100 other students from across the United States. As members of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, they traveled together to Nanjing, each choosing a course to study there.
CJ selected Advanced Game Theory because of his interest in business and economics.
“It’s a branch of economics that studies the rationality of an opponent in a game or situation,” he said.
Clearly, CJ is not a typical teen.
The soon-to-be 10th-grader is homeschooled through the Simi-based California Virtual Academy, takes classes at Moorpark College and sings with the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.
He’s also a member of the high school ministry at Grace Brethren Community Church.
And the talented young man is currently playing a major role in the Los Angeles Opera Camp rendition of “Figaro’s American Adventure.” He’s spent the last two weeks rehearsing for this weekend’s performances.