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Paris ISD Students Recognized By Duke University For Outstanding College Entrance Examination Scores

Paris Junior High School students recognized for outstanding college entrance examination scores by the Duke University Talent Identification Program are (front row, from left) Madeline Green, Ava Fitzgerald, Addison Andrew (back row) Luke De La Garza, Preston Thompson, and Timothy Cross. Not photographed: Ashton Hilliard

Duke University Talent Identification Program 7th Grade Talent Search announced that seven Paris ISD students have achieved special recognition as high scoring 2018 – 2019 participants.

The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized grade level test scores at or above the 95th percentile.  These candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as 7th graders.  Participation provides each student with educational resources and information regarding his/her academic abilities.

Addison Andrew, Timothy Cross, Luke De La Garza, Ava Fitzgerald, Madeline Green, Ashton Hilliard, and Preston Thompson, students at Paris Junior High School, demonstrated outstanding performance by scoring at or above the national average on at least one section of the SAT or ACT.  These significant results qualified each student for recognition at a State Level Ceremony held at universities across Texas during the month of May.

Due to their exceptional achievement on the ACT, Timothy Cross, Luke De La Garza, and Ava Fitzgerald also received an invitation to attend the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Duke TIP’s 7th grade Talent Search is the largest program of its kind in the nation representing junior high and middle schools in 16 states.  Since its inception in 1980, over 2.8 million students have participated.

Paris ISD has participated in the Talent Search since 1984.  To date, 131 students have received State Recognition and 14 have received Grand/National Recognition.