Shane Lambert, 8, shows off the medal he earned by shining on the ACT Explore test designed for students who are about to enter high school. The Soda Creek Elementary School student’s performance on the math section of the test placed him in the top 10 percent of third-graders in seven states.

Photo by Scott Franz

Shane Lambert, 8, shows off the medal he earned by shining on the ACT Explore test designed for students who are about to enter high school. The Soda Creek Elementary School student’s performance on the math section of the test placed him in the top 10 percent of third-graders in seven states.

Steamboat 2nd-grader performs well on advanced test

Soda Creek's Shane Lambert takes exam that allows him to attend math camp

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— Some students dread tests.

But Soda Creek Elementary School second-grader Shane Lambert said he enjoyed the two-hour exam he took earlier this year in Denver that earned him a ticket to math camp this summer.

“I just like things that are challenging,” the 8-year-old said in his school’s library last week. “I just like to try new things.”

The test Shane took was no ordinary test. The ACT Explore test is designed to for eighth-grade students to take before they enter high school, and Shane had to turn 8 before he could take it. The test quizzes students in reading, English, math and science.

Shane’s score on the math portion of the advanced test put him in the top 10 percent of the 58 third-graders in seven states who took the exam.

“Obviously, we’re very happy,” his mother Sally Lambert said. “He worked very hard toward this goal. It’s nice that he enjoys it and that he has the talent.”

The performance earned him a medal and the title of “highest honors” from the Center for Bright Kids in Denver. Shane took the test through the Center’s Western Academic Talent Search that seeks out students who perform above their grade levels.

Meanwhile, Shane continues to sharpen his math skills. He said he still is mastering problems that involve plotting equations on an x and y axis, and he’s just starting to delve into algebra.

He also skis for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

“He’s not your typical geek,” his father Jim Lambert said.

The boy really loves math, but he also dreams of having a career in sports.

“I want to be a basketball player when I grow up,” he said with a smile.

In the meantime, he’s really looking forward to that summer math camp in Colorado Springs.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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