Thirty-two seventh-grade students from the Fayetteville School District have qualified for recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program, said Barbara Prichard, director of the district's gifted and talented program.
The search is conducted throughout a 16-state area. More than 88,000 students participated in the program, which awards recognition on the state and grand levels. The SAT and ACT Assessments are primarily designed for college-bound high school students in the eleventh and twelfth grades. The tests measure knowledge and skills rarely taught in junior high schools. To score high, students have learned a great deal at home, by independent study or by special instruction.
In Arkansas, 1,472 seventh-graders in Arkansas from 165 public and private schools in 110 districts participated in the program. Of those taking the test 633 qualified for state recognition and 50 for grand recognition.
Catherine Davis, Samantha Doss, Peter Gea and Olivia Stiegman qualified for both state and grand recognition and will be invited to attend the National recognition ceremony in May at Duke University, N.C. They represent 8% of Arkansas students qualified for grand recognition.
Twenty eight other students qualified for state recognition. They are: Elizabeth Alee, Stephen Arnold, Kordell Burkett, Tierin Burrow, Brock Demark, Erin Farmer, Jonathan Gatlin,
J. Thomas Griffin, Tuong Hoang, Brian Luttrell, Annie Molesso, Alexander Mueller, Chioma Okoroafor, Amethyst Osborne, Matthew Parisi, Kori Pendergraft, Michelle Peng, Zachary Renfro, Katherine Ruddell, Joshua Sadinsky, Matthew Schuster, Ashley Steiner, John Storment, Stephen Storment, Julianna Tidwell, Xi Wang, Stephen Willimas, and Trent Woessner.
These Fayetteville students will be invited to attend the state recognition ceremony on May 14 in Little Rock and represent 5% of all students in Arkansas who will receive state recognition.