Gifted Gilroy Sophomore Recognized as a Davidson Young Scholar

Mount Madonna School (MMS) is pleased to announce that sophomore Kavi Duvvoori of Gilroy has been named a Davidson Young Scholar by the Nevada-based Davidson Institute for profoundly gifted students. 

“Kavi is a model student, capable of intellectual rigor that far surpasses his years,” notes Jivanti Rutansky, Head of the Upper School at Mount Madonna. “He has the reputation of being creative with many original ideas, and a hard worker, who is always focused and willing to try new things.”

Duvvoori started attending MMS as a preschooler and is one of approximately 300 students from across the country accepted into the program this year, and recognized by Davidson for their exceptional academic promise. 

“MMS has given me a rounded education,” comments Duvvoori, “that encourages enthusiasm in all subjects, even in areas that I otherwise wouldn’t have been exposed to, like performing arts, which has made me a confident public speaker. The teachers are all so dedicated that they have shown me the real excitement in their subjects, beyond the grades and worksheets.”

“Kavi was an exceptional student at our 2010 THINK Summer Institute,” says a Davidson Institute spokesperson “His superior performance in this rigorous educational experience prompted us to invite him to be a member of our Young Scholars Program.

Prior to starting the nonprofit Davidson Institute in 1999, Bob and Jan founded Davidson & Associates Inc., a successful educational software company best known for the Math Blaster™ and Reading Blaster™ series. The Institute holds as its mission the intention to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference in the world. 


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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.