Duke TIP Recognizes Seventh Graders Nationwide for Their Exceptional Academic Abilities

Date: 
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

For Immediate Release

Katy Munger
(919) 668-9153 kmunger@tip.duke.edu

DURHAM, NC —The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. 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 achievement 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 who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams. This year, out of 65,527 participants nationally, 23,488 students have been invited to attend state recognition ceremonies and 2,545 students have been invited to Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition ceremony.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 ceremonies in 16 states 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. For a complete list of ceremony locations, dates, and times, please see our state ceremony schedule. For more information on the 7th Grade Talent Search, as well as Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade Talent Search for younger students, please visit www.tip.duke.edu.  

The Grand Recognition Ceremony (GRC) honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. The event will be held May 16 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. This year's GRC keynote speaker is Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth.

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About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. More than 2.8 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.