Eiland seventh graders participate in Duke Program

From press reports

Six students from Eiland Middle School participated in the 2012 Duke University Talent Identification Program’s 7th Grade Talent Search. The students are Craig Carter, Andrew Coleman, Keyasha Edwards, Stephanie Hayes, Jeneshyia Ingram, and Samuel Story. Of these six, Andrew Coleman and Keyasha Edwards earned special recognition for their outstanding performance. Andrew Coleman has qualified for state recognition by scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT. Because of his score in math, he will attend a special recognition ceremony held at the University of Southern Mississippi in June. Andrew has also been invited to participate in Duke TIP’s Center for Summer Studies, a program for the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search. The courses offered at the Center for Summer Studies are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country. Keyasha Edwards, with her overall performance placing her among the top 5 percent of academically talented students, has been invited to participate in the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies. This program offers opportunities for exceptional academic and social experiences with challenging coursework and new friendships with academically gifted peers. Both the Center for Summer Studies and the Academy of Summer Studies are residential programs offered at various universities. Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented students. Duke TIP works with students, their families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and help students reach their highest potential. Now in its 32nd year, the 7th Grade Talent Search identifies bright seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.