Local Students Qualify for Duke Talent Search
November 1, 2018
Sixteen students from Brevard Middle School were invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s prestigious 7th Grade Talent Search, with a number of students qualifying for advanced studies and state-level recognition.
Each year, Duke TIP identifies a group of academically talented students in the United States based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores. Only those who score at or above the 95th percentile qualify.
Those students are invited to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search and to take the ACT or SAT, which are designed for college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders. Taking an above-grade-level test is an experience that allows these gifted seventh graders to more accurately gauge their academic abilities and potential, as they need more advanced examinations than they find in their grade level.
The following Brevard Middle School students qualified to enter the Duke TIP 2018 Talent Search based on their EOG scores (students have to score in the 95th percentile or higher to qualify):
Reading: Emma Patrie, Bronson Shepherd, Casey Strickland, Ansly Baynard, Dylan Kimsey, Ella Leatherwood, Ellie Peterson, Drew Degarmo, and Preston Owen.
Math: Emily Hall, Lucy Murray, and Sullivan Malo.
Reading and Math: Bella Adrignola, Miguelina Jimenez Tate, and Abby Pace.
Educator Recommendation: Grace Gentle.
Eight of the students enrolled in the Duke TIP Talent Search program and took the SAT or ACT in the past year: Bella Adrignola, Grace Gentle, Emily Hall, Sullivan Malo, Lucy Murray, Ellie Peterson, Bronson Shepherd, and Casey Strickland.
Of those eight, four students — Bella Adrignola, Sullivan Malo, Lucy Murray, and Ellie Peterson — earned state-level recognition in North Carolina based on at least one high score on a portion of their ACT or SAT. Students qualify for state recognition by earning scores approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests—about 35 percent of TIP students meet this criterion.
AIG teacher Meg Buchanan said that opening doors to above-grade-level testing offers benefits to students now and in the future. Unlike state tests, ACT and SAT score reports provide additional information to help parents and teachers identify potential growth areas and opportunities for greater challenges.
“State standardized tests offer very few above-grade-level questions,” said Buchanan. “High-achieving students are rarely challenged by these tests, so they aren't able to demonstrate and expand their abilities above grade level. I encourage high-achieving students to take the ACT or the SAT in middle school, to become familiar with a college admissions test now while it’s not a high-stakes event.”
Buchanan added that while students like to preview the college admissions process they may undertake in high school, there is ample benefit for their current academic efforts.
“The above-level tests provide me with helpful, formative assessment tools to better serve students. Their teachers and I are are able to meet students where they are academically, then provide differentiated and personalized learning, to make every day at school more meaningful.”
Every year, Duke TIP holds at least one state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest enrollments. (Currently, that includes Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.) Students unable to attend these ceremonies receive their medals by mail over the summer.
Participants in the 7th Grade Talent Search receive a variety of support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that identifies and serves the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools to help gifted scholars reach their full academic potential. For more on Duke TIP talent searches, including qualification requirements for its 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and 7th Grade Talent Search, visit www.tip.duke.edu.
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Photo: Eight students now in eighth grade at Brevard Middle School have enrolled in the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search (L to R): Ellie Peterson, Emily Hall, Lucy Murray, Grace Gentle, Sullivan Malo, Bella Adrignola, Bronson Shepherd, and Casey Strickland.