A group of students at Glynn Middle School are already catching the eye of a prestigious university with their academic prowess.
Seven students from the school earned state recognition this year and qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
The Duke TIP program identifies a group of academically talented students in the United States based on their exceptional grade-level standardized test scores and continues to offer resources and aid students in discovering the academic abilities.
The students took the SAT or ACT this past school year alongside high schoolers taking the tests to receive college acceptance. For the middle school students, the testing opportunity is all about gaining the experience.
“They take the real deal, full test,” said Sloane Molloy, a school counselor at Glynn Middle who helped advise the students on this opportunity.
Glynn Middle School students Anna Beth Baker, Sebastian Helgesen, Griffin Lee, Graves Mitchell, Sydney Strickland, Bella Theus and Wyatt Wilson earned the Duke TIP recognition this year.
The students described the testing experience as nerve-wracking and time-consuming, but many said it was good practice.
“I took the ACT, and I felt really out of place because it was all high schoolers and it was really long and boring,” Strickland said. “But I had fun doing it. It was a good experience.”
Baker said she walked into the testing room aware that she may not know every answer.
“I did pretty well on the reading. I liked it because that’s my strongest subject,” she said. “… The math was a little bit harder, but I just kind of went into it knowing that I wouldn’t know everything and not to freak out about it.”
Lee said he was curious to see what this notorious test would be like.
“It was particularly interesting to see how well you compared to the percentage of all ACT takers,” he said.
A recognition ceremony was held last month in Statesboro for students who earned the Duke TIP recognition.
“These kids that get recognized for state recognition are usually in the top 10th percentile of seventh-graders that take this test, which is really good,” Molloy said.
Fifteen students at Glynn Middle took part in the testing opportunity this year.
“It’s good practice,” Molloy said. “The early exposure, there’s nothing wrong with that … This score will not count for college reporting, so it’s kind of like ‘Hey you can bomb it, might as well try it.’”
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