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News

May 20, 2015

The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that 14 seventh-grade students have qualified for State Recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) for their performance on either the SAT or ACT. Thirteen of these students have also qualified for the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies. Nine additional seventh-graders met the criteria for the Academy for Summer Studies but fell just short of state recognition.

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of these students,” said Ms. Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Schools. “They are only in seventh-grade but they have each excelled on a test that is traditionally given to 11th and 12th graders preparing for college.  I can only imagine what their scores on the SAT and ACT will be when they take these college entrance exams again in high school! What an outstanding performance! To have fourteen seventh-graders earn State Recognition and an additional nine more meet the criteria for the Academy for Summer Studies shows just how talented these students are. Congratulations to each of them on a job well done.”

Each year, seventh-grade students in Duke University’s sixteen-state talent search region are selected to participate in the prestigious program. School counselors, teachers, and administrators help Duke University identify academically talented students for consideration.

Once their application is approved, the students are given the opportunity to take either the SAT or ACT college entrance exam. In order to receive state level recognition, students must meet one of the following criteria:

Students invited to a state ceremony meet at least one of the following criteria:

ACT

ACT English ≥ 21
ACT Math ≥ 21
ACT Reading ≥ 21
ACT Science ≥ 21
* Or with three of the four following scores English = 20, Math = 20, Reading = 20, Science = 20

SAT

SAT Math ≥ 530
SAT Critical Reading ≥ 510
SAT Writing ≥ 500
*Or with two of the three following scores: Math = 520, Critical Reading = 500, Writing = 490

The following Newton County School System seventh-graders earned state level recognition for their performance on the ACT and will be invited to the state recognition ceremony this year:

SCHOOL

STUDENT

ADDITIONAL RECOGNITION

Clements Middle

Yusef Abbasi

Academy for Summer Studies

Clements Middle

Jada Fahie

Academy for Summer Studies

Clements Middle

Jayden Wheeler

Academy for Summer Studies

Cousins Middle

Marina Busby

Academy for Summer Studies

Indian Creek Middle

Anneston Curles

Academy for Summer Studies

Indian Creek Middle

Pierce Downs

Academy for Summer Studies

Indian Creek Middle

Christopher Gomes

Academy for Summer Studies

Liberty Middle

Kemora Seide

Academy for Summer Studies

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Jack Atkinson

 

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Braxton  Buff

Academy for Summer Studies

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Ava Glover

Academy for Summer Studies

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Tristan Grace

Academy for Summer Studies

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Marcelis Greene

Academy for Summer Studies

Newton County Theme School (Middle)

Corinne Hanson

Academy for Summer Studies

 

 

 

In addition to our 14 students earning State Recognition, nine NCSS seventh-graders fell just short of the requirement for state recognition but did meet the criteria for the Academy for Summer Studies. They are listed below:

·         Durline Dorisca           Clements Middle

·         Arcadia Evering          Clements Middle

·         Nila Fawlkes                Clements Middle

·         Tiffani Singleton          Clements Middle

·         Austin Wells                Indian Creek Middle

·         Emily Adams               Newton County Theme School (Middle)

·         Phillip Brown               Newton County Theme School (Middle)

·         Tyjah Tuggle               Newton County Theme School (Middle)

·         Ethan Watts                Newton County Theme School

 

For more information on Newton County School System participants in the Duke University Talent Search Program, please contact Ms. Sherri Viniard, Director of Public Relations, at davis-viniard.sherri@newton.k12.ga.us.

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