Twelve seventh-grade students from Texas Middle School (TMS) have been identified by the Duke University TIP Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. 

Duke TIPS’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test.  As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities.

Grand recognition students must earn scores that are approximately equal to the 90th national percentile ranked for college bound seniors taking the tests.  State recognition qualifiers earn scores that are approximately equal to the 50th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors taking the tests.

TMS students earning Grand and State recognition are: John Thomas Borowitz, Caleb Campbell and Lydia Horton.  Students earning State recognition are:  Desiree Anderson, Madelyn Bixlar, Peyton Boyer, Allen Cartwright, Allyson Collins, Christopher Gennings, Victoria Hayden, Kate Pappas and Alyssa Smith.

“We are extremely proud to recognize these remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT approximately equal to the respective percentile for college-bound high school seniors taking these tests,” says Shawn Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP.

“As an alumni of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age.  As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of these students for such an outstanding accomplishment.”