Thursday, February 16, 2006
Students participate in Duke University Identification Search
Seventh graders from H. W. Byers High School are participating in the Duke University Talent Identification Search. Duke University asks high schools to search out their academically talented students and have them join forces with them. In Mississippi, the academically talented students are based on the students Mississippi Curriculum Test scores from their sixth grade year. These students are identified by the school counselor and then the students are invited to participate in the Duke talent program. These students are tracked through their high school years with continuing encouragement to excel academically and awareness of college opportunities.
H. W. Byers High Schools principal, Gary Hannah, was pleased to announce an unprecedented number of seventh graders eligible for this honor: Cameron Brittain, Emily Halley, Brianna Hughes, James Rains, Teah Smith and Kimberly Young.
These students scored in the 98th percentile on their testing in May, 2005.
As a part of the Duke Talent Search, these seventh graders took the ACT with high school juniors and seniors on February 11. Their scores will be normed against seniors from high schools across the nation. Starting last November, the Byers Duke Talent Search students (dubbed the ACT 6) have been staying after school for tutoring in math under Winton and science with Hinson. The ACT test is very complicated and challenging but it has its advantages for scholarship opportunities stated Kimberly Young. She added that she was nervous about taking the ACT test because she really wants to make a decent score. Spaulding, counselor, added that the score on the ACT is minor compared to the honor of being invited to participate in the Duke Talent Search.
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