Duke TIP partners with schools and educators across the United States to identify students who are academically talented and might benefit from advanced learning opportunities. Students who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level standardized test automatically qualify. These students are provided the opportunity to take either the SAT or ACT to determine the extent of their academic abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh grade students who scored the highest on these SAT or ACT exams.
“I'm extremely proud that this group of students is being recognized by Duke University for their academic capabilities,” Terrell ISD’s Advanced Academic Director Bronwyn Vaughan shared. “Our educators are in the business of achieving excellence, and therefore Duke University is acknowledging both student and educator success.”
Vaughan also notes that a benefit of taking the SAT or ACT exams at an early age allows students to measure how far above grade level they are actually capable of performing.
“This opportunity helps students become familiar with the SAT and ACT in a low-pressure environment before taking them for college admissions purposes,” Vaughan said. “Scoring well on an above-grade-level exam boosts self-esteem and convinces students that they do indeed have strong academic abilities.”
Congratulations to the following students for this outstanding academic achievement: Jada Ainsworth, Jesus Almanza, Evelyn Aviles, Ramiyah Brown, Narissa Davis, Hosanna Henderson, Adia Hollis, Brendyn Kiser, Denise Landa, Miles Malone, Da'Ron Phillips, Gabriella Rangel, Gage Soule, Erick Reyes, Sean Sitzes and Luis Velazquez.