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Twenty-three 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.

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically gifted and talented youth.

Hudson Bend Middle School students who have qualified for state recognition are Dalton Buckingham, Eden Eaves, Ava Floyd, Cody Harris, Connor Hendricks, Adriene Mannas, Jacob Schaffer, Isaiah Tabach and Caitlin Waugh.

Lake Travis Middle School who earned state recognition are Tyler Anson, Megan Becker, Stefan Deitrich, Miles Gibson, Brandon Hay, Tasnim Islam, Brandon Jeffrey, Jacqueline Lowy, Evan Margiotta, Caroline Reckart, Devon Slack, Jenna Soberman, Ian Trowbridge and Nicolas West.

According to the program’s website, 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.

These publications, including an online directory of educational opportunities and resources for the college admissions process, help students learn more about available academic opportunities and about the needs and interests of people like themselves.

Also, as part of the Duke TIP program, a state recognition ceremony will be held May 13 at Trinity University in San Antonio honoring area seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the tests.

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

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