One-hundred forty-eight students from 27 Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Louisville have received recognition in the annual Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), which covers a 16-state region that includes Kentucky.
TIP identifies academically talented seventh-graders in public, nonpublic and home schools based on their scores on standardized tests taken in elementary or middle schools. These students are invited to take either the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT assessment college entrance exam.
Based on their scores on these tests, students receive “grand recognition” and “state recognition.” Those scoring at the highest levels receive “grand recognition.”
Thirteen local Catholic school students received “grand recognition.”
They are: Maggie Stephens of St. Aloysius School in Pewee Valley, Ky; Alexandra Ackerman, Joseph Coy and Grayson Smith of St. Agnes School; Nathan Stromberg of St. Francis of Assisi School; Stanford Broadwater and Noah Popham of Sacred Heart Model School; Maddie Harrington of Holy Trinity School; Patrick McCarthy of Our Lady of Lourdes School; Chloe Cooper of St. Martha School; Abbey Glover and Jacqueline Stegman of St. Margaret Mary School; and Ashley Cissell of St. Bernard School.
These students and other “grand recognition” winners were invited to attend a ceremony May 21 at Duke University in Durham, N.C. A ceremony for those who received “state recognition” in Kentucky was held May 25 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green.
Fifty-four students were selected to take part in Duke’s Center for Summer Studies, a program for students who had the highest test scores. And 101 were selected to participate in the Academy for Summer Studies, a program for students who score in the top five percent of their peers.