May 17


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @10AM

Townsend Center For The Performing Arts

University of West Georgia

Carrolton, Georgia

One of the 7th Grade Talent Search’s most important benefits is recognition. We celebrate academic achievement at a time in life when it’s essential to foster a love of learning and teach students to take pride in their scholastic accomplishments. Students are recognized for participating in the talent search with a certificate of merit, given opportunities to submit their work for publication, profiled in Insights for their state- and national-level achievements, and may be invited to special ceremonies in honor of their exceptionally high scores on the ACT or SAT.

Each spring, Duke TIP holds special award ceremonies to honor students who meet certain score thresholds on the ACT or SAT, inviting their families so they can celebrate their gifted scholars together. We send invitations and RSVP information in April to qualifying students, and ceremonies are held in May and early June. These events are similar to graduation ceremonies. They are hosted on college and university campuses, include a keynote address, and honorees walk across the stage to receive a commemorative medal. Typically, the ceremonies last an hour and a half, and some ceremonies include optional events before and after to learn about the host campus, including tours, seminars, and receptions.

State Recognition Ceremonies

Every year, Duke TIP holds at least one state recognition ceremony in each of the states with the largest enrollments.  Students qualify for the state ceremonies by earning scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests. To qualify for the 2016–2017 school year, students must meet at least one of the following criteria:

English ≥ 22 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing ≥ 550
Math ≥ 22
Reading ≥ 23 Math ≥ 540
Science ≥ 22

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