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Eisenhower student is recognized by Duke TIP for academic skills

Nicholas at the Duke TIP ceremony

Nicholas was recognized at the Duke TIP Grand Ceremony on May 19.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is well-known for uncovering some of the most gifted students in the nation. Eisenhower Middle School student, Nicholas Nunnery, was recently recognized by the program for having scored at or above the 95th on the ACT as a seventh grader. The young student and his mom, Dani Galbraith, attended the Grand Recognition Ceremony on May 19 at Cameron Indoor Stadium on the Duke campus in Durham, North Carolina.

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 (ACT or SAT) to learn more about their abilities.

This year, of the over 64,896 participants nationally, 21,775 students have been invited to attend state recognition ceremonies and 1,894 students were invited to the grand recognition ceremony. Nicholas earned his way to the grand ceremony by scoring a 30 in English, 20 in Math, 23 in Reading, 23 in Science, with a composite score of 24 (74 percentile of all ACT test takers) in the ACT exam.

“As seventh graders, these students have achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of college-bound seniors who took the tests,” said Martha Putallaz, PhD, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University. “We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their achievement and encourage them in their academic potential.”

Nicholas enjoyed the opportunity to attend the State Recognition Ceremony – honoring participants who scored at the 50 percentile or above – which was held at Trinity University on May 29. His scores also qualify him to participate in the Center for Summer Studies. This three-week residential camp is held on various university campuses across the country.

Posted on June 2, 2014