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Duke TIP names Polk middle schoolers among best in nation
Duke TIP names Polk middle schoolers among best in nation

Polk County, Florida-- Polk County middle school students have been recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and are now being invited to take the incredibly intimidating SAT and ACT tests-- typically intended for high schoolers preping for college!

Polk County Public School officials sent out a detailed release about the honor, and even included a list of all qualifying middle schoolers: 

Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) has named dozens of 7th graders from Polk County Public Schools as academically talented. As part of the organization’s 7th Grade Talent Search, students from across the country are invited to take the SAT or ACT alongside high school students. The students who perform best on the college exams are recognized at a State Recognition Ceremony or a Grand Recognition Ceremony and are provided with innovative programs to support their development and help them reach their educational potential.

Nisha Chachad of Lawton Chiles Middle Academy is the only student from Polk County Public Schools who met the grand level qualifying score criteria, the highest level a student can achieve in the Duke TIP. She is invited to attend the Grand Ceremony at Duke University scheduled for Monday, May 20. To view what scores are needed to qualify at the grand or state level visit the following website: http://www.tip.duke.edu/node/213

Below you will find the names of students who qualified at the state-level listed by schools. These students are invited to attend the State Recognition Ceremonies scheduled throughout the month of May.

  • Lake Gibson Middle: Asher Clement, Tyler Notte, Justin Thompson
  • Lakeland Highlands Middle: Julia Hammond, Katherine Puccio, Hannah Townley
  • Discovery Academy: Jared Grabill, Elliana Singh
  • Lawton Chiles Middle Academy: Matthew Clere, Coryell Dreyer, Sammy Elmasri, Soha Kazmi, Tanner Ledford, Henry Nguyen, Riya Patel, Jessica Peoples, Jazmyn Quann, Trevon Thompson, Greeshma Venigalla, Caitlin Wizda
  • Rochelle School of the Arts: Lily Burse
  • Stambaugh Middle: McKenzie Campbell
  • Union Academy: Grady Daniels, Sarah Emery, Maria Galindo, Justin Tavares, Jennifer Trejo
  • Mulberry Middle: Noah Hamilton, Megan Handley
  • Denison Middle: Maysra Al Jumaily
  • Jewett Middle Academy: Aaron Apigo, Sean Boelman, Emily Hutchinson, Rehana Koilpillai, Jack Martin, Aaron Orloff, Chaston Pfingston, Ashley Premuto, Caitlin Seney, Olivia Wildstein
  • Davenport School of the Arts: Jarrett Hansell
  • Berkley Accelerated Middle: Tarik Graham
  • Lakeland Montessori Middle: Vanessa Vailoces

The Duke University Identification Program’s 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2 million students have participated. Some benefits students receive as part of the Duke TIP program include discounts on online language learning programs through programs like Rosetta Stone, Princeton Review high school ACT or SAT prep courses and Duke University’s educational programs.

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