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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Local 7th Graders Receive State Recognition For ACT Scores

Eight local seventh graders have achieved state recognition for their performance on the ACT exam. In the fall, several students received letters about the Duke Talent Identification Program. 

Of those who participated in the talent search this school year, Desiree Thornton, Connor Walters and McKinley Wheeley from Ethridge Elementary; John Calvin Bryant, Bryant Gobble, Logan Cowheard and Cory Ricaurte from E. O. Coffman; and Jordan Haney and Riley Smith from New Prospect Elementary scored high enough to attend the Tennessee Recognition Ceremony Friday, May 20th at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Students invited to a state ceremony must meet at least one of the following criteria: ACT English or Math score greater than or equal to 20; Reading or Science score greater than or equal to 21; or three of the four following scores English = 19, Math = 19, Reading = 20, Science = 20. Of Tennessee’s 3,301 participating 7th graders, 1,886 met these qualifications.

Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since it began in 1980, over 2 million students have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search.

The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary school.

Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, allowing them greater insight into their academic abilities.

In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for high-achieving students.

New candidates for the Duke TIP’s 7th grade talent search will be identified in the fall after TCAP scores are reported for the 2010-2011 school year.

For more information on this program, visit

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