Cleveland Middle School seventh-grade student James Herman Collins participated in the 2014 Duke University Talent Identification Program Seventh-Grade Talent Search.
The search identified students from 16 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest of America. Only students who scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test such as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program qualified. As part of the program, the academically-talented students take above-level, college entrance exams to learn more about their abilities.
The State Recognition Ceremonies honor seventh graders who have earned scores equal or better than half of the college-bound seniors who took the SAT or ACT.
Duke TIP sponsors 34 state ceremonies in its 16-state Talent Search region during the month of May alongside host academic institutions. Speakers included university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials and accomplished former Duke TIP students.
A ceremony held at Belmont University’s Curb Center in Nashville honored local students.
“As seventh graders, these students achieved scores on the ACT or SAT rivaling those of half of college-bound seniors who took the tests. We are extremely proud of our ceremonies honorees, and we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate their acheivement and encourage them in their academic potential,” said Martha Putallaz, executive director of Duke TIP and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University.
Each year, more than 64,000 students take part in the seventh-grade talent search. A select group of students also qualify to attend the Duke TIP Academy for Summer Studies. Once a student qualifies, he or she is eligible for Duke TIP programs throughout his or her high school years. the student does not need to retest each year.
The summer programs are designed to motivate and challenge academically-gifted students. It offers a unique learning environment. Students have the opportunity to live on a university campus.
The summer programs are available to seventh through 10th-grade students. These three-week sessions are intense and demanding. Professors challenge students to think critically about themselves and their world.
The Academy for Summer Studies at Appalachian State University, the University of Kansas and Austin College cover a broad spectrum of topics developed specifically to take advantage of special facilities and expertise at each site.
James is the son of Jon and Karen Collins and the grandson of Billy and Pat Collins.