Each spring, Duke TIP holds special award ceremonies each spring to honor 7th Grade Talent Search participants who do exceptionally well on the ACT or SAT.
The ceremonies are similar to graduation ceremonies. They are hosted on college and university campuses, include a keynote address, and honorees walk across the stage to receive a commemorative medal. Typically, the ceremonies last an hour and a half, and some ceremonies include optional events before and after to learn about the host campus, including tours, seminars, and receptions.
There are two kinds of ceremonies: State Recognition Ceremonies in each of the sixteen states with the largest talent search enrollment, and the Grand Recognition Ceremony, taking place at Duke University for students with the highest scores.
|State Ceremony||English ≥ 22||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 550|
|Math ≥ 22|
|Reading ≥ 23||Math ≥ 540|
|Science ≥ 22|
|Grand Recognition Ceremony||English ≥ 31||Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 670|
|Math ≥ 29|
|Reading ≥ 31||Math ≥ 680|
|Science ≥ 28|
These qualifying scores are for both 2018 and 2019. Students only need to qualify in one subtest to be eligible, but they must test by the end of March to receive an invitation. Students who achieve a qualifying score after March or who cannot attend a ceremony will be mailed a medal in the summer.
Qualifying students will be invited to a state ceremony close to their homes. Some states have more than one ceremony, so it may not be the closest, but we do our best to minimize necessary travel for all students. Get the details about this year's State Recognition Ceremonies.
The Grand Recognition Ceremony takes place at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium each year.
Get the details about this year's Grand Recognition Ceremony.
Students qualify for the 7th Grade Talent Search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Enrollment provides benefits that last through the end of high school, including the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT, specialized publications, college prep advice, and access to educational programs.