Seventh-graders earn Duke TIP Honors
Eight Floyd County Seventh-graders earn Duke TIP Honors
Posted on 04/12/2011
Eight Floyd County seventh-grade students are now recognized among some of the most academically talented middle school students in the U.S. The students have been recognized for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT by the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s (Duke TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search. The eight students qualified for national, state, or program recognition as a result of their performance on one of the college entrance exams. 

Forty-one seventh graders from Floyd County Schools took the SAT or ACT this year as a part of the Duke TIP Program. The Duke program identifies students in sixteen states in the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above level college-entrance exams (SAT or ACT) to learn more about their abilities. 

The Duke TIP Program recognizes students in four categories:
  • Grand Recognition: honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90% of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. 
  • State Recognition: honor seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests. Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 34 state ceremonies in its 16-state Talent Search region during the months of May and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students. 
  • The Duke TIP Academy: for Summer Studies offers an exceptional academic and social experience for those students who are amongst the top 5% of academically talented students in their grade level. Students in this program will experience challenging coursework and build friendships with other academically gifted peers.
  • The Duke Center: for Summer Studies participants are the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search. Courses offered at the Center for Summer Studies are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country. At the Center for Summer Studies, students qualify for specific courses based on their scores on subsections of the ACT or SAT. For example, students with excellent math scores are eligible for math courses, while students who excelled in writing can choose humanities courses.
The Duke Talent Search is now in its 31st year and is the largest program of its kind in the nation, representing participation from 6,000 junior high and middle schools in the Duke TIP 16-state region. The Talent Search identifies academically talented 7th graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are identified and invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment college entrance examination. Duke TIP then provides the participants with comparative information concerning their academic abilities and resources for unique educational opportunities. 

The Floyd County students earning recognition by Duke TIP and their level of recognition are:
  • Margaret Ashton - Armuchee Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke Center) 
  • Valentino Browning - Coosa Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke Center) 
  • Emma Chambers - Armuchee Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke Center) 
  • Caleb Gilmore - Pepperell Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke TIP Academy) 
  • Aleya Haney - Armuchee Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke Center) 
  • Meredith Hill – Armuchee Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke TIP Academy) 
  • Daniel Lovell - Pepperell Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke TIP Academy) 
  • Kelly Wheeler - Model Middle School (State Recognition and Invitation to the Duke TIP Academy)