Nine Runnels Junior High School students achieved state level recognition in the 2015 Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Each honored student was invited to be recognized at the Duke TIP state award ceremony for Louisiana to be held in May at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, a news release said.

Earning state recognition for outstanding ACT scores in the Duke TIP program are seventh-graders Celia Fishbein, Ben Golden, Sam Haase, Eric Ho, Cole Latiolais, Ryan Ly, Julia Sager, Ian Shaneyfelt and Natalia Tooraen.

The students also qualified for enrollment in Duke TIP’s Summer Studies Programs, intensive three-week residential academic sessions on college campuses. Also meeting the criteria for the Summer Studies Program was seventh-grader Lance Kraft.

Through the Duke TIP program, the release said, seventh-graders scoring in the 95th percentile on recent grade-level achievement tests are invited to take ACT or SAT exams along with high school juniors and seniors. Participants meeting specific scores on these college-level tests qualify for special recognition and are provided with information, activities, services and educational programs to promote the development of their exceptional academic abilities.

According to Junior High School Principal Pamela Babcock, 33 Runnels students qualified to participate in the Duke TIP program this school year. Eighteen enrolled and 15 took the ACT exam.