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Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for Duke TIP Program May 25 at WKU

The Center for Gifted Studies at WKU will host the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program at 2 p.m. Friday (May 25) at Diddle Arena.

WKU President Gary Ransdell will provide the keynote address for the program, which honors seventh-graders who scored at or above the average for college-bound seniors on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT this year.

In Kentucky, 2,909 students took the above-level assessments after Duke TIP’s Seventh Grade Talent Search identified them as scoring in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. More than 1,500 qualified to be honored at the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony at WKU.

Nationally, more than 77,000 seventh graders tested, and 25,328 were invited to attend a state recognition event.

About 400 of the seventh-graders who qualified in Kentucky will attend the ceremony to be recognized, as well as introduced to The Center for Gifted Studies’ programs for which they are now eligible. Students and their families will also have the opportunity to tour WKU’s campus.

Among this year’s Kentucky honorees are two of the nation’s 50 William and Dorothy C. Bevan Scholars. John Wang, a student at Louisville’s Kentucky Country Day School, and Emily Liu, a student at Louisville’s Meyzeek Middle School, received the honor for earning a perfect score on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT. They and the rest of the Bevan Scholars were awarded full scholarships to attend Duke TIP’s Center for Summer Studies.

Liu, Wang and 150 other Kentucky students were also invited the Grand Recognition Ceremony on Duke University’s campus in Durham, N.C., celebrating seventh-graders who earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the ACT or SAT. A total of 1,995 students from around the nation qualified to attend this event held May 21 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Contact: Mandy Simpson, (270) 745-3014.

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