Five Lowery Middle students named to Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Lowery Middle Assistant Principal Matt Moncieux, Antonio Buchanan, Alec Foret, Damien Baker, Laura Gutierrez, and Datjuan Harris and Principal Nicole Grimes stand proudly.

The Duke University Talent Identification Program announced five Lowery Middle School students to its 35th 7th Grade Talent Search. Students Laura Gutierrez, Alec Foret, Antonio Buchanan, Damien Baker, and Datjuan Harris were named to the distinguished list.

Each year through the talent search, thousands of seventh grade students in the United States are identified based on standardized test scores and invited to take the ACT or SAT alongside college-bound eleventh and twelfth grade students.

Lowery Middle Principal Nicole Grimes said she’s not surprised some of her students were chosen.

“Here at Lowery we have phenomenal students who are capable of excelling in anything they set their minds to,” Grimes said. “I am proud to see five of our students recognized at the national level by a prestigious university.”

Since 1980, Duke TIP has recognized, challenged, and engaged nearly 2.5 million youth who scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. Last year, over 65,000 academically talented seventh graders accepted the invitation to participate in the 7th Grade Talent Search.           

Talent Search Manager Judith Elsey says, "Qualifying is commendable and an honor. We are pleased to welcome the 2014-2015 class of 7th Grade Talent Search participants, and look forward to inspiring these students to reach their full academic potential in middle school and beyond."

After taking the ACT or SAT, participants receive a results summary to help interpret their scores, gain an understanding of where they stand in relation to their gifted peers, and determine what level of educational challenge is appropriate. High-scoring participants are invited to attend a Duke TIP recognition ceremony, and some are invited to participate in TIP'S prestigious Summer Studies and eStudies programs.

In addition, Duke TIP provides all participants with a variety of nationally recognized educational programs, research and information about using their academic abilities more effectively, and publications and resources that help students learn more about academic opportunities and the needs and interests of other academically talented students like themselves.