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TCA Students qualify for Duke University program 

Special to The Community News

Four students from Trinity Christian Academy qualified for the Duke University TIP program. Shown are (from left) Hannah Christian, Merril Stanfield, Jacob DeLeon and Charlotte Floyd

Four seventh graders from Trinity Christian Academy were invited to join the Duke University Talent Identification Program’s (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search. Hannah Christian, Charlotte Floyd, Merril Stanfield and Jacob DeLeon were recognized at the State Recognition Program held May 8 at Texas Christian University.

Kim Wheat is the TCA Curriculum and Testing Director. “Trinity is proud to recognize the hard work and extra effort these students put in this year,” Wheat said.

Each year, Duke TIP identifies a group of academically talented students in the United States based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores. Only those who score at or above the 95th percentile qualify. Those students are invited to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search and to take the ACT or SAT, which are designed for college-bound eleventh and twelfth graders. Taking an above-grade-level test is an experience that allows these gifted seventh graders to more accurately gauge their academic abilities and potential, as they need more advanced examinations than they find in their grade level.

Participants in the 7th Grade Talent Search also receive a variety of support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools to help gifted scholars reach their full academic potential. For more on Duke TIP talent searches, including qualification requirements for its 4th–6th Grade Talent Search and 7th Grade Talent Search, visit www.tip.duke.edu.

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