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The group of about 400 students that congregated at Western Kentucky University recently had three things in common, their college-ready ACT or SAT scores, their seventh-grade standing in school and the incredible potential that combination creates. The following accomplished middle schoolers visited WKU to attend the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies.
• Alexis Brock of Corinth
• Reese Danzer of Crittenden
• Collin Davis of Williamstown
• Levi Fox of Dry Ridge
• Stephanie Kinmon of Dry Ridge
• Mikinley Lustenberg of Corinth
• Aaliyah Martin of Dry Ridge
• Jordan Prather of Corinth
• Genevieve Risner of Corinth
• Amanda Smith of Dry Ridge
• Peyton Steinau of Crittenden
• Austin Williams of Crittenden
The event at Diddle Arena honored students for scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT this year.
In Kentucky, 2,909 seventh-graders — who initially scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test — took the above-level assessments. More than 1,400 then qualified to be honored at the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony. Additionally, 152 were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony on Duke University’s campus, celebrating those who earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors on the ACT or SAT.
Nationally, more than 77,000 seventh-graders tested, and 25,328 were invited to attend a state recognition event.