Contact: Emily Swartzlander
Duke University Talent Identification Program
(919) 668-9153

Updated: April 1, 2011

DURHAM, N.C.—Academically-talented seventh graders in your area will be recognized this spring for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program’s (Duke TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students in 44 US states who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.

Duke TIP hosts annual Recognition Ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who score highest on these ACT or SAT exams. This year, of the over 63,000 participants nationally, 24,847 students have been invited to attend State Recognition Ceremonies and 2,085 students have been invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony.

“For more than thirty years, Duke TIP has identified gifted students for their intellectual capacity and honored them for their outstanding achievements. Through our Recognition Ceremonies, we celebrate these achievements and encourage honorees to realize their tremendous academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, Executive Director of Duke TIP and Professor of Psychology at Duke University.

The State Recognition Ceremonies honor seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests. Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 34 state ceremonies in its 16-state Talent Search region 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.

The Grand Recognition Ceremony honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90% of college-bound seniors who took the same tests. The event will be held May 23 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Greg Jones, Duke University professor of theology and vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs, will be this year’s keynote speaker.

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About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program 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.