Northwestern State University hosted 143 academically gifted 7th graders and their families from throughout Louisiana Sunday, May 12. The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), in its 39th year of serving youth primarily in the southeast region of the United States, works to identify and support academically talented young men and women. In order to qualify for the TIP, students take either the ACT or SAT in their 7th grade year, considerably ahead of the usual age at which the test is taken. Each of the students at the State Recognition Ceremony scored at least a 22 on any subset of the ACT, or a 540 on the SAT math or 550 on the reading and writing section. Many of the students recognized exceeded that standard by a considerable amount. Each student was called to the stage and presented a medal in recognition of their achievement.
Representatives from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts and the NSU ADVANCE Program were on hand to answer questions and increase awareness of the life changing opportunities they present.
The Natchitoches Parish Schools were represented by Molly Coleman of the NSU Middle Lab School and William Conklin of Natchitoches Magnet. Meredith Ellett, a former student at Magnet whose family moved to West Monroe, was also recognized at the ceremony for earning an ACT score at the 90th percentile.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal wishes to congratulate these phenomenal young men and women and wish them all the best for the future.