Duke TIP Recognizes Seventh Graders Nationwide for Their Exceptional Academic Abilities

Durham, NC - May 7, 2019

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is honoring academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. 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 achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual statewide recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams. Pinecrest Academy Charter Middle School students that were awarded state recognition include Maria Fernandez, Abigail Hornburg, Rodrigo Medinilla, Elizabeth Moreno-Benitez, Gabriel Serret, Jose Torres, and Kelly Zhao.  These scholars will be honored at the state recognition ceremony held at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday, May 14th.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are proud of our ceremony honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Shawna Young, executive director of Duke TIP.

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors state ceremonies 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.


About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. Nearly 3 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980. For more information about Duke TIP, please visit www.tip.duke.edu.

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