Duke University Talent Identification Program Seventh Grade Talent Search announced that seven Paris ISD students have achieved special recognition as high scoring 2018-19 participants.

The seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized grade level test scores at or above the 95th percentile. These candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh grade students. Participation provides each student with educational resources and information regarding his/her academic abilities.

Addison Andrew, Timothy Cross, Luke De La Garza, Ava Fitzgerald, Madeline Green, Ashton Hilliard, and Preston Thompson, students at Paris Junior High School, demonstrated outstanding performance by scoring at or above the national average on at least one section of the SAT or ACT. These significant results qualified each student for recognition at a State Level Ceremony held at universities across Texas during the month of May.

Due to their exceptional achievement on the ACT, Timothy Cross, Luke De La Garza, and Ava Fitzgerald also received an invitation to attend the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Duke TIP’s seventh grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation representing junior high and middle schools in 16 states. Since its inception in 1980, over 2.8 million students have participated.

Paris ISD has participated in the Talent Search since 1984. To date, 131 students have received State Recognition and 14 have received Grand/National Recognition.

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