Runnels students shine in Duke program _lowres

Photo provided by ALLISON WRENN -- Runnels seventh-graders qualifying for awards in this year’s Duke University Talent Identification Program, first row from left, Caroline Daigle, Connor Porthouse and Marshall Pentes; and second row, James Power, Grace Scott and Evan Beoubay.

Six Runnels Junior High students qualified for state recognition and one earned grand recognition in this year’s Duke University Talent Identification Program.

The program invites seventh-graders demonstrating advanced aptitudes on grade-level achievement tests to take the ACT or SAT along with high school students to learn more about their academic abilities, a news release said. Based on the results of these tests, Duke TIP participants may qualify for state or grand recognition.

Connor Porthouse earned grand recognition. He will be honored at an awards ceremony in May at Duke University in North Carolina. Grand recognition goes to students posting scores equal to or better than 90 percent of recent high school graduates on at least one section of the ACT or SAT. Only 3 percent of Duke TIP participants qualified for this level of recognition.

Earning state recognition were Evan Beoubay, Caroline Daigle, Marshall Pentes, Porthouse, James Power and Grace Scott. These students will be honored in May at an awards ceremony at Northwestern State University. To earn state recognition, students must earn scores equal to or better than the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the ACT or SAT.