HHS student to be feted by Duke


Erin Wiebe at Duke event

Erin Wiebe, a student at Hillsboro Middle School, was among fewer than 2,000 academically talented seventh graders who will be recognized in anational award ceremony at Duke Univer?sity May 18 for their excep?tional scores on the ACT or SAT.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program?s (Duke TIP) 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students in 16 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test.

As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (SAT or ACT) to learn more about their abilities.

Duke TIP hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh-graders who score highest on these SAT or ACT exams. This year, of the 67,438 participants nationally, 24,204 students (36 percent) have been invited to attend state ceremonies and 1,769 students (3 percent) have been invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony.

?The recognition ceremonies are inspiring events,? said Martha Putallaz, executive director of Duke TIP. ?It is rare that so many gifted students can come together to be honored for their achievements and encouraged by their intellectual peers.

?The honorees have proven, at this young age, their capacity for great things. We hope they consider their achievement to be an invitation to pursue an ambitious path in life.?

The Grand Recognition Ceremony honors seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same tests.

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