Duke TIP

Fifty Seventh Grade Students Honored for Perfect Scores on College Exams.—April 5, 2012

Contact: Campbell Vogel
Duke University Talent Identification Program

DURHAM, NC—Scoring exceptional marks on the ACT or SAT as seventh graders, 50 students have been named 2012 William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars for earning a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT.

Bevan Scholarships are given each year to the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search participants who earn the highest possible scores on the ACT or SAT. These scholars are recognized at Duke TIP’s Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University and are awarded full scholarships to attend TIP’s Center for Summer Studies.

The Bevan Scholars have distinguished themselves from over 68,000 gifted students who participated in Duke TIP's 2012 7th Grade Talent Search. To qualify for the talent search, seventh grade students must be ranked in the top 5 percent on grade-level standardized tests. Participants take the ACT or SAT as an above-level testing experience to learn more about their academic abilities.

“TIP’s Bevan Scholars represent some of the brightest students in the country. Their scores on the above-level ACT or SAT place them in the 99.98th percentile of talent search participants, and they surpass those of 99 percent of all college-bound high school students,” said Duke TIP Executive Director Martha Putallaz. “We are extremely proud of the academic accomplishments of these Bevan Scholars.”

This year’s Bevan Scholars:

Ritu Agarwal, Overland Park, KS (Harmony Middle School)

Justin Baker, Bethesda, MD (Pyle Middle School)

Nathan Bergman, Mesa, AZ (Mesa Academy)

Logan Casey, Atlanta, GA (The Paideia School)

Edward Cen, Houston, TX (T. H. Rogers Middle School)

Aroosa Cheema, Chalmette, LA (N. P. Trist Middle School)

Alexander Chen, Plano, TX (Rice Middle School)

Jenning Chen, Columbia, SC (Dent Middle School)

Sarah Chen, Midland, GA (Blackmon Road Middle School)

Aeddon Chipman, Rolla, MO (Rolla Middle School)

Wonmyeong Cho, Tampa, FL (Louise Benito Middle School)

Angela Deng, Cary, NC (Carnage Middle School)

Nicholas Detter, Andover, KS (Andover Central Middle School)

Kyle Dickson, Homestead, FL (Herbert A. Ammons Middle School)

Ramya Dukes, Alpharetta, GA (Hopewell Middle School)

Karla Ferrero, Cordell, OK (Cordell Jr. High School)

Vamsi Gadde, Duluth, GA (Woodward Academy)

Kaden Han, Dallas, TX (St. Marks School of Texas)

Peter Harris, Grapevine, TX (Carroll Middle School)

Jeffrey Huang, Plano, TX (Rice Middle School)

Melissa Hyder, Lake Mary, FL (Sanford Middle School)

John Jenson, Leawood, KS (Indian Hills Middle School)

Rachael Johnson, Nashville, TN (Harding Academy)

Ho Joon Kim, Los Angeles, CA (Walter Reed Middle School)

Daniel Lee, Overland Park, KS (Pembroke Hill School)

Eric Li, Sugar Land, TX (Fort Settlement Middle School)

Emily Liu, Louiseville, KY (Meyzeek Middle School)

Lloyd Liu, Matthews, NC (Randolph Middle School

Gabriel Mintzer, West Des Moines, IA (Stilwell Jr. High School)

Pranay Mittal, Spring, TX (Doerre Intermediate School)

Caroline Petronis, Charlotte, NC (Jay Robinson Middle School)

Kathleen Ran, Helotes, TX (Dr. Hector Garcia Middle School)

James Robinson, Franklin, TN (Grassland Middle School)

Amit Sahoo, Plano, TX (Rice Middle School)

Rebecca Scurlock, Seattle, WA (Lakeside Middle School)

Keshav Shah, Tampa, FL (Terrace Community Middle School)

Brianna Surratt, Nashville, TN (Meigs Magnet School)

Maria Trifas, Jacksonville, AL (Jacksonville High School)

Kelyn Tyner, Camden, TN (Camden Jr. High School)

John Wang, Louisville, KY (Kentucky Country Day School)

William Wang, Sarasota, FL (Pine View School)

Emily Webb, Marietta, GA (Dickerson Middle School)

Samantha Williamson, Barnhart, MO (Antonia Middle School)

Emma Woodruff, Baton Rouge, LA (St. Aloysius School)

Michael Xing, Charlotte, NC (Community House Middle School)

Byron Xu, Sugar Land, TX (Fort Settlement Middle School)

Kevin Yin, Watkinsville, GA (Oconee County Middle School)

Daran Zhao, Plano, TX (Rice Middle School)

William Zheng, Marietta, GA (Dodgen Middle School)

Irene Zhou, Johns Creek, GA (River Trail Middle School)



The grand recognition ceremony, celebrating the achievements of the 1,995 talent search participants who scored in the top 3 percent on the ACT or SAT, will be held at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus on May 21, 2012. The Bevan Scholars receive special recognition during this ceremony.

The Center for Summer Studies is an advanced academic program for gifted seventh through tenth graders. The scholarship awarded to Bevan Scholars covers program costs, room, and board to attend this program. During the three-week residential session, students will take one course of their choice, usually covering the equivalent of a full year of high school material.

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About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), a nonprofit organization, is an international leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools for the development of the students’ optimal potential.