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Thirty middle school students earn recognition from Duke

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 Thirty Bullitt County seventh grade students have been selected for state recognition at Western Kentucky University through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). One student qualified for Grand Recognition,

The TIP Search identifies students across the United States who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. 

As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.

Bernheim Middle School’s TIP students are Kassi Gilbert, Devon Holander, Kevin McKnight, Isaac Mitchell, Isaac Phillips, Alex Price, Makayla Stiggers, Deborah Thomas and Spencer Thorne.

Eastside Middle School’s TIP students are Garrett Ezell, Seeley Foreman IV, Katelyn Hanna, Alyssa Hiemer, Charlotte Mason, Emily Potts, Tiffany Prell, Austin Reading and Shelby Wellman.

Mount Washington Middle School has these TIP students - Brooke Armenta, Layne Cutler, Tucker Gardner, Allen Miles, Karlee Nally and Haley Steinmetz.

Zoneton Middle School’s TIP students - Callie Bailey, Alicia Cobb, Ryan Henson and Krystal Seewer.

In addition, Krystal qualified for Grand Recognition.

Bullitt Lick Middle School’s TIP student is Samantha Burke. 

Hebron Middle School’s TIP student is Claudia Scharrer.

District Gifted and Talented Coordinator Ellen Napier praised the students for earning these prestigious honors.

“I would like to congratulate these highly talented students who participated in the above-level testing experience,” she said. “Participating in the talent search is an honor but to receive state and grand recognition requires exceptional ability. I applaud these students and their parents for this achievement.”

Duke TIP hosts annual Recognition Ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who score highest on these ACT or SAT exams.

This year, of the over 63,000 participants nationally, 24,847 students have been invited to attend State Recognition Ceremonies and 2,085 students have been invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony.

“For more than thirty years, Duke TIP has identified gifted students for their intellectual capacity and honored them for their outstanding achievements. Through our Recognition Ceremonies, we celebrate these achievements and encourage honorees to realize their tremendous academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, Executive Director of Duke TIP and Professor of Psychology at Duke University.

The State Recognition Ceremonies honor seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests. 

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors 34 state ceremonies in its 16-state Talent Search region 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. Kentucky’s ceremony is in May at Western Kentucky University.

The Grand Recognition Ceremony honors seventh graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.

The event will be held May 23 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus in Durham, N.C. 

Dr. Greg Jones, Duke University professor of theology and vice president and vice provost for global strategy and programs, will be this year’s keynote speaker. Zoneton’s Krystal Seewer qualified for Grand Recognition.