Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

GCS Seventh Graders Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

GCS seventh graders have been honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. They will be recognized at the Grand Recognition Ceremony, to be held on Monday, May 21 at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Recognized Students

  • Maggie Austin, Sterling School
  • Jonah Bishop-Pirrone, Sevier Middle School
  • Jonathon Clanton, Sterling School
  • Daniel Drake, Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School
  • Hannah James, Hughes Middle Academy
  • Ethan Jaynes, Northwood Middle School
  • Eleanor Shepard, Sterling School
  • Owen Taggart, Sterling School
  • Danika Yang, Sterling School

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders with remarkable ACT or SAT scores. Those with the highest scores are invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony. Of 48,569 students who took the exams through Duke TIP—all of whom are in the 95th percentile of their grade level—only 2,611 were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony.

“We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT approximately equal to the 90th percentile for college-bound high school seniors taking these tests,” says Shawna Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP. “As an alum of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age. As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of our ceremonies honorees for such an outstanding accomplishment.”

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors thirty-six ceremonies in sixteen states throughout April, May, and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students.

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