Splendora Junior High School (SJHS) has some exceptionally bright youngsters! Eighteen students were selected to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), three of those students qualified for state recognition and the summer studies program, along with a fourth student who also received the invitation to participate in the summer studies program. "Splendora Junior High School has outstanding students who are preparing to be the leaders of the future," said SJHS Principal Kent Broussard.
Students qualify for Duke TIP by scoring at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test. The following students qualified for the Talent Search: Macie Adams, Emiley Ayers, Martin Barajas Aguilar, Mallory Bates, Aaliyah Corona, Baruc Delgado, Dustin Durand, Elizabeth Enloe, Colton Gamble, Alan Garcia Hernandez, Rhandall Gober, Alyssa Mitcham, Jordan Modisette, Koby Moore, Serenity Stewart, Silvana Vargas Nepita, Mackenzie Vickery, and Blake Webb. These students were given the opportunity to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams as seventh graders. Of the 18 students, 14 took the ACT test in either the December or February administrations. Taking the SAT or ACT in seventh grade gives students a chance to practice and become familiar with the exams that play a major role in college admissions.
Gober, Modisette, and Vickery did so well on the ACT test, they were invited to the 2017 Texas Recognition Ceremony honoring students in the 7th Grade Talent Search. The ceremony will be held on May 26 at the Rudder Auditorium in College Station. Vickery, Gober, Modisette, and Corona also qualified to attend the Summer Studies Program, which is a three-week residential program for high-achieving young scholars in grades seven through ten. "Our students' dedication to growing in knowledge and ability at an early age is preparing each one for a bright future in high school and beyond. I am proud of their accomplishments and look forward to where they take the opportunities afforded to them," Principal Broussard added.
Duke TIP is a non-profit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth. Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators, and schools for the development of the students’ optimal educational potential. For more information visit tip.duke.edu.