Forty students from Hudson Bend and Lake Travis middle schools have been recognized for their high ACT or SAT scores as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program—or Duke TIP, a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth.

According to the program’s website, the Duke TIP identifies seventh-grade students based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school.  Candidates are then invited to complete either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT Assessment Exam for College Entrance.  Duke TIP provides all talent search participants with a comparative results summary to help interpret their scores, as well as educational materials and publications to help them use their ability more effectively.

A recognition ceremony was held on May 19 at Trinity University in San Antonio honoring area seventh graders who earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.

Additionally, Duke TIP has a number of summer and year-round academic programs available to students who meet the eligibility requirements, including the prestigious Summer Studies programs that take place at Duke University and other U.S. colleges and universities.