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Burke middle school students qualify for Duke Gifted Program

posted Apr 18, 2018, 11:06 AM by Cheryl Shuffler

Four middle schools students from Burke County Public Schools have been invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s prestigious 7th Grade Talent Search. The students are Karsen H. from Liberty, Ella S. from Liberty, Riley S. from East Burke and Sarah M. from Heritage.


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 11th and 12th 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.


Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Putnam said, “I am both very proud of and excited for these four, bright, young students. I encourage them to take advantage of all of the wonderful benefits the Duke TIP program offers, and I look forward to seeing how far they go with their futures.”


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. Visit www.tip.duke.edu.