Incoming eighth graders earn Duke TIP grand recognition

August 9, 2017

Natalie Cornejo, an incoming eighth-grade student at Goodson Middle School, is honored at the Duke University TIP 7th Grade Talent Search 2017 Grand Ceremony, held May 22 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Cornejo was one of seven CFISD seventh-grade students recognized.
Natalie Cornejo, an incoming eighth-grade student at Goodson Middle School, is honored at the Duke University TIP 7th Grade Talent Search 2017 Grand Ceremony, held May 22 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium. Cornejo was one of seven CFISD seventh-grade students recognized.

Aug. 9, 2017—Seven incoming eighth-grade students across five middle schools were recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search in the spring for meeting the grand level qualifying score criteria.

The students were identified for their strong intellectual abilities, with even more earning recognition at the state level. Those earning grand recognition were honored May 22 at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The search identifies students across the nation who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. These students then take above-level college-entrance exams.

To qualify for grand recognition, students must earn scores that are approximately equal to the 90th national percentile rank for college-bound seniors. Of the 53,843 students who took exams through TIP, only 2,072 were invited to the grand recognition Ceremony.

For the 2016-2017 school year, students were required to meet or exceed the following testing standards:

ACT: English – 29; Math – 28; Reading – 31; Science – 28; and

SAT: Math – 680; Critical Reading – 650; Writing – 650; and Composite – 1850.

Seventh-grade students were initially invited for participation in the talent search by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on the STAAR assessment.

The following CFISD students were recognized at the grand level:

  • Nathanael Kumar, Anthony Middle School;
  • Natalie Cornejo, Goodson Middle School;
  • Olivia Masterson, Smith Middle School;
  • Seth Goodwin, Alan Moon and Cameron Murdoch, Spillane Middle School; and
  • Martha Rauch, Salyards Middle School.

Visit tip.duke.edu for more information.

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