Duke University's gifted program has recognized local student Elsie Lazalier, a 7th-grade student at Westwood Middle School for achieving an exceptional score on the ACT, the same test taken by college bound high school students.
Lazalier took this above-grade-level test as a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), a nonprofit organization that recognizes academically talented students and provides advanced learning opportunities that foster their intellectual and social growth.
Each year, Duke TIP identifies a select group of students as academically gifted, based on their standardized test scores. Those students are invited to take the ACT or SAT, which can provide crucial insight into a gifted student’s strengths and abilities.
The highest scorers among these students are invited to a special recognition ceremony, typically hosted at one of over two dozen colleges and universities. While the in-person ceremonies were postponed this year, Duke TIP celebrated these students’ academic achievements by providing their families an at-home ceremony toolkit. For more on Duke TIP, including qualification requirements for its Talent Search Program, visit tip.duke.edu.