ROCKINGHAM — Rockingham Middle School seventh-graders Macy Faw, Savanna Harrelson and Carson Jordan were recently honored for their exceptional ACT scores by the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
The Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students in 16 states across the southeast, midwest and southwest who have scored in 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.
Overall, Rockingham Middle School had 18 students participate in this endeavor, with Faw, Harrelson and Jordan earning additional honors. They attended a reception at Campbell University where they received medals for their outstanding academic performance.
At the state recognition ceremony the trio was applauded for earning scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.
“For thirty years, Duke TIP has identified gifted students for their intellectual capacity and honored them for their outstanding achievements,” said the Executive Director of Duke TIP and a professor of psychology at Duke University, Dr. Martha Putallaz. “Through our recognition ceremonies, we celebrate these achievements and encourage honorees to realize their tremendous academic potential.”
Duke TIP is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth. As a global leader in gifted education, they work with students, families and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential. To date, more than 2.5 million students have benefited from the program.
Ashley-Michelle Thublin is public information officer for Richmond County Schools.