DUKE TALENT SEARCH AT GRAVES MIDDLE – Now in its 31st year, Duke University's Talent Identification Program (TIP) is the largest of its kind in the nation. More than 2 million students have participated in the Talent Search since its inception in 1980. The Duke Talent Identification Program's Seventh Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are then invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. In addition, they gain valuable benefits and resources for gifted students.
Academic talent searches help families find out how advanced students' abilities truly are. Traditional testing often fails to measure the variation among many gifted students who reach the upper limits of scoring on grade-level exams. By taking advanced above-level testing (at least two years above a student's current grade placement) through the Duke University’s Talent Identification Program's talent search, gifted students and their families gain a far better understanding of where the student stands in relation to his/her gifted peers and what level of educational challenge is appropriate.
This year's TIP identified 80 students at Graves Middle School.
More than 30 Graves County Middle School boys qualified. Most of them are pictured above and all are listed in alphabetical order here: Taylor Buchholz, David Carter, Jeffrey Cruse, Michael Davis, Christopher Gardner, Mason Gargus, Murray Hailey, Jordan Jones, Mitchell Lancaster, Matthew Lee, Connor McKee, Tyler McKinney, Beau Mohon, Keelan Murphy, Collin Nance, Bradley Owen, Morgan Puckett, Owen Roberts, Noah Seay, Anthony Skaggs, Reed Shook, Devin Spillman, Austin Stephens, Jacob Taylor, John Thomas, Michael Turner, Jake Waldridge, Logan Whaley, Lindsey Whitlock, Preston Wilferd, Aaron Wilkerson, Drew Williams, Alexander Willie, and Joshua Yarbrough.
More than fifty seventh grade girls qualified. Most of them are pictured above and all are listed alphabetically here: Makenzie Adams, Kiersten Baker, Allicen Bradley, Kaitlyn Bushart, Katie Cathey, Chelsea Cartwright, Kelsey Chappell, Ja Nae Clapp, Emily Cornwell, Rebekah Courtney, Keena Creason, Kaylan Dowdy, Madison Ellington, Mckynzie Emery, Meredith Fickey, Kimberly Fisher, Abigail Forsythe, Julia Fortner, Megan Gschwind, Macy Hale, Caitlyn Harris, Erica Holt, Katelyn Jenson, Hannah Kaler, Audrie Lamb, Bobbie McCord, Kaitlin McGill, Katie Meade, Alexandria Menser, Elizabeth Moffitt, Grace Moreno, Mallori Morgan, Brandy Newton, Lexi Parks, Kayla Purcell, Breann Rudolph, Shelby Smith, Bailey Suiter, Lindsay Thomas, Hannah Thompson, Stayton Thompson, Amilyn Thurston, Laurna Todd, Morghen Turley, Cheyenne Wall, Sarah Watts, Lindsey Whitlock, Haley Williams, Marcie Williams, Jillian Winn, and Macy Youngblood.