St. Joseph Catholic School seventh grade students qualify to take ACT

Eight St. Joseph Catholic School students in seventh grade have qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP. Those students include (in no particular order) Brayden Armes, T.J. Benoist, Nora Berkbigler, Anna Burcham, Carissa Cassimatis, Emma Cummings, James Pikey, and Liam Ring.

Provided by Jane Ramos

Eight St. Joseph Catholic School students in seventh grade have qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, or Duke TIP.

Brayden Armes, T.J. Benoist, Nora Berkbigler, Anna Burcham, Carissa Cassimatis, Emma Cummings, James Pikey, and Liam Ring will join students across the nation in taking the ACT test as seventh graders. Students must score in the top 5 percent on their grade-level tests to be eligible to participate in this program.

Duke TIP's 7th Grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation. Since its inception in 1980, over 2.8 million students have participated in a Duke TIP Talent Search.

The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.

Students will be given the opportunity to take the ACT at Farmington High School on Feb. 10.

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