Local students Caroline A. Pope and Addie Trimmer were among seventh-graders recently honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT.
Trimmer, a student at Arnall Middle School, will be honored at the Grand Recognition Ceremony on May 21 at Duke University’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Pope, a student at Trinity Christian School, was recognized earlier this month in a ceremony held at Middle Georgia State University.
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 standardized test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to indicate more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor seventh-graders who scored highest on ACT or SAT exams.
“We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT commensurate with half of all college-bound high school seniors,” says Shawna Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP. “As an alum of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age. As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of our ceremonies honorees for such an outstanding accomplishment.”
Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 ceremonies in 16 states throughout April, May, and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students.