Lee’s Summit R-7 School District students recently earning grand recognition in the Duke University Talent Search are Anna Bilton of Bernard Campbell Middle School and Alexander Geoghegan of Summit Lakes Middle School.
Students recognized through this program represent the most academically talented seventh-graders in the United States.
The Duke Talent Search program identifies students in 16 states in the Southeast, Midwest and Southwest who have scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test. As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams (SAT or ACT) to learn more about their abilities.
Duke University hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh-graders who score highest on these exams. The state recognition ceremonies honor seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than half of the college-bound seniors taking the same tests. The grand recognition ceremony honors seventh-graders who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors taking the tests.
In addition to the above-level testing experience, Duke Talent Search participants receive educational materials and resources through 10th grade to help them develop to their full academic potential. Based on SAT or ACT scores, students may qualify to participate in Duke’s summer studies or e-studies programs.