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TWO STUDENTS AT SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE HONORED BY DUKE TIP

 TWO STUDENTS HONORED BY DUKE TIP PROGRAM
TWO STUDENTS HONORED BY DUKE TIP PROGRAM

TWO STUDENTS AT SUMTER COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE HONORED BY DUKE TIP

From the beginning of the 6th Grade Honors Day at Sumter County Middle School, student excellence in reading, academic leadership, all school disciplines, attendance and success in other competitive areas were recognized. The Honors Day Ceremonies continued on all grade levels throughout the day. Two students, Prerana Kumar and Na'Charlesia Floyd were recognized by the Duke TIP Talent Search Award program. The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth. As a world leader in gifted and talented education, Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential.

Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants also gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Principal Kimothy Hadley agrees with the Duke TIP website that says, "Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. Above-level testing at least two years above a student's current grade placement offers gifted students and their families a far better understanding of how the student compares to his or her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate."

In addition, experts at Duke TIP have developed and compiled information to inspire academically talented young people to learn through exciting educational opportunities. Eligibility for enrollment is an honor and indicates outstanding intellectual ability. Duke TIP provides participants with an exciting, stimulating and challenging opportunity to augment their capabilities. Enrollment begins August 1 of each year. The students are making plans to travel to Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia on May 24, for additional experiences with Duke TIP.

  Here, Prerana Kumar from the 6th grade and Na'Charlesia Floyd from the 7th grade make their future plans for their Duke TIP honors.

 

 

 
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