duke tip 2Thirteen 7th Graders Gain State Recognition in Duke TIP
 
Thirteen Orlando Science School students were honored last Tuesday afternoon at a state recognition ceremony by The Duke University Talent Identification Program at University of North Florida in Jacksonville.
Duke TIP honors academically-talented seventh graders for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. The students recognized for their outstanding academic achievements are Fiza Ali, Saardhak Bhrugubanda, Miscia Fortna, Khushil Ganti, Sanjana Konda, Dylan Maliza, Alvin Naiju, Abhi Patel, Esha Ranade, Mira Saldanha, Harshitha Uppada, Jared Wheelhouse and Hanna Yamaguchi.
 
In addition to state recognition, Esha Ranade, Sanjana Konda, Harshitha Uppada and Saardhak Bhrugubanda earned the highest honor of grand recognition and received an invitation to the grand ceremony held in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus. 
 
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 academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities. Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams.
 
“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of all college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential,” says Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
 
State Recognition Ceremonies
 
Each year Duke TIP hosts state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest Talent Search enrollments to honor students currently in the 7th Grade Talent Search who meet the State level qualifying score criteria. The ceremony is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal. 
 
State Qualifying Levels
 
Students invited to a state ceremony meet at least one of the following criteria:
 
ACT
 
ACT English ≥ 21
ACT Math ≥ 21
ACT Reading ≥ 21
ACT Science ≥ 21
* Or with three of the four following scores English = 20, Math = 20, Reading = 20, Science = 20
 
SAT
 
SAT Math ≥ 530
SAT Critical Reading ≥ 510
SAT Writing ≥ 500
*Or with two of the three following scores: Math = 520, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490 
 
Grand Recognition Ceremony
 
Each year Duke TIP hosts a grand ceremony at Duke University to honor the 7th Grade Talent Search participants who meet the grand level qualifying score criteria. Held in Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke University campus, students receive a commemorative medal. The ceremony itself is similar to a graduation ceremony—there is a keynote speaker and honorees are called on stage to receive a commemorative medal.
 
Grand Qualifying Levels
 
Students invited to the grand ceremony must meet at least one of the following criteria:
 
ACT
 
ACT English ≥ 29
ACT Math ≥ 28
ACT Reading ≥ 30
ACT Science ≥ 27
ACT Composite ≥ 28
 
SAT
 
SAT Math ≥ 680
SAT Critical Reading ≥650
SAT Writing ≥ 650
SAT Math + Critical Reading + Writing ≥ 1850