30+ LRSD Middle Schoolers Were Recognized at Duke TIP

On Thursday, May 5 more than 30 students from five LRSD middle schools were recognized for participating in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) by taking the ACT college readiness test. Close to 60% of participants or 19 students received special recognition for outstanding performance on the ACT exam.

Three middle school students, Lorelai Daniel, Forest Heights STEM Academy; Kathleen Jackson, Pulaski Heights Middle School; and Jane Landrum, Mann Magnet Middle School, received Grand Recognition at a national level, as well as State Recognition for outstanding performance on the ACT. To receive Grand Recognition students must have a composite score greater than or equal to 28 or meet at least one of the following criteria:  ACT English ≥ 29; ACT Math ≥ 28; ACT Reading ≥ 30;
and/or ACT Science ≥ 27.

19 middle school students received State Recognition:
• Dunbar Magnet Middle School: Adain Luckadue and Jorden Moody
• Forest Heights STEM Academy: Lorelai Daniel, Justin Anderson, Carter Collins and Hartley Meyer
• Mann Magnet Middle School: Jane Landrum, Elyse Smith and Sarah Stuckey
• Pulaski Heights Middle School: Kathleen Jackson, Isabel Crawford, Madeleine Gess, Ryan Klapmeyer, Samual Lu, Ian Morris, Kya Novack-Willliams, Howard O’Neil, Mary Ruth Taylor and Anna Cay Vernon.

To qualify for State Recognition students must make a score of 20 in three out of four categories or a score of 21 or greater in at least one of the following areas: ACT English, Math, Reading and/or Science.

This year, 43 LRSD middle school students enrolled in the talent search initiative with 33 students from Forest Heights STEM Academy, Cloverdale and Pulaski Heights Middle Schools, and Dunbar and Horace Mann Magnet Middle Schools ultimately participating by taking the ACT college readiness exam.

Duke TIP is the largest national search for academically talented 7th grade student who have demonstrated advanced aptitudes on grade-level assessments.