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News

May 17, 2017

     
 Clements Middle School:
(L-R): Kennedy Tindley, Chace Parker, & Lauryn Williams
   Liberty Middle School:
(L-R): Brianna Francis, Jaden Scurry, & Isaac Garber
     
 Indian Creek Middle School:
(L-R): Connor Coursey, Latayla Billingslea, Bailey Smith, & Charles Downs

   Newton County Theme School
(L-R): Katherine Hanson, Jack Ehrig, & Lane Mattox
 
 Cousins Middle School:
(L-R): Eva Fuhrey, Lawson Holder, Emilee Walker, Kaitlyn Phillips, Matthew Walker, Stephanie Vaughn, & Taylor Nealy


The Newton County School System (NCSS) is pleased to announce that 12 seventh-grade students qualified for State Recognition in the 2017 Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) for their performance on either the SAT or ACT last year. Each of these twelve students also qualified for either the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies or Center for Summer Studies. Eight additional seventh-graders met the criteria for the Academy for Summer Studies but fell just short of state recognition.

“These students should definitely be commended,” said Mrs. Shannon Buff, NCSS Director of Secondary Education. “They are only in middle school but they excelled on very difficult college entrance exams traditionally administered to eleventh and twelfth grade students. I can only imagine what their scores on the SAT and ACT will be when they take these exams again in high school! I am very proud of them and would like to congratulate 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: 

ACT

ACT English ≥ 22
ACT Math ≥ 22
ACT Reading ≥ 23
ACT Science ≥ 22

SAT

SAT Math ≥ 540
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing ≥ 550 

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: 

STUDENT

SCHOOL

TEST EARNING RECOGNTION

ADDITIONAL RECOGNITION

Eva Fuhrey

Cousins

ACT Reading

Center for Summer Studies

Kaitlyn Phillips

Cousins

ACT Reading

Center for Summer Studies

Stephanie Vaughn

Cousins

ACT English & Reading

Academy for Summer Studies

Emilee Walker

Cousins

ACT Reading

Center for Summer Studies

Matthew Walker

Cousins

ACT Reading

Center for Summer Studies

Connor Coursey

Indian Creek

ACT Math

Center for Summer Studies

Bailey Smith

Indian Creek

ACT Math, English, & Reading

Center for Summer Studies

Jack Ehrig

Theme School

SAT Reading/Writing & Math

Center for Summer Studies

Lane Mattox

Theme School

ACT Reading

Academy for Summer Studies

Brianna Francis

Liberty

SAT Reading/Writing & Math

Center for Summer Studies

Isaac Garber

Liberty

SAT Reading/Writing & Math

Academy for Summer Studies

Jaden Scurry

Liberty

ACT Math

Center for Summer Studies


 

 

 

In addition to our 12 students earning State Recognition, eight 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:

 

·         Lawson Holder                        Cousins Middle

·         Taylor Nealy                            Cousins Middle

·         Chace Parker                           Clements Middle

·         Kennedy Tindley                     Clements Middle

·         Lauaryn Williams                    Clements Middle

·         Latayla Billingslea                   Indian Creek Middle

·         Charles Downs                        Indian Creek Middle

·         Katherine Hanson                   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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