Northwestern State and NSU’s ADVANCE Program hosted the Louisiana State Recognition Ceremony for the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke TIP recognized 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 students take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.
The recognition ceremonies are held to honor the seventh graders who score highest on their ACT or SAT exams. This year, 75,172 participated nationally. Of those, 23,379 students have been invited to attend state recognition ceremonies.
“This year’s recognition ceremonies invitees have achieved exceptionally high scores on the ACT or SAT, rivaling those of half of college-bound seniors who took the same tests,” said Martha Putallaz, PhD, Duke TIP executive director and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke. “We are extremely proud of our participants, and we look forward to celebrating their tremendous achievement,” she said.
The Duke University Talent Identification Program is an international leader in identifying and servicing 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.
Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 36 ceremonies in 16 states during the months of May and June. Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished Duke TIP alumni. Northwestern State has hosted the Louisiana Recognition Ceremony since 1989.