Sixteen Central Middle School seventh-grade students have been selected to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program Seventh-Grade Talent Search, school officials said.

Seventh-grade students with strong intellectual abilities are invited to participate if they achieve a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test, a news release from the school said.

Upon enrollment, Duke TIP registers the students to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam. After participants take their test, the program provides benefits to them throughout high school, including access to resources for gifted students, the release said.

Named to the program were Annabelle Acosta, Bailey Breaux, Jonas Bumgardner, Corina Cutrer, Daniel Decoteau, Trent Dupre, Madelyn Hathcock, Anaya Hendricks, Joe Kelly, Jacob May, India Merath, Sarah Nelson, Hannah Shupe, Melisse Speligene, Tyler Theriot and Ryley Young