Two LaRue County seventh graders, along with about 400 students from around the state, were honored at Western Kentucky University for their college-ready ACT or SAT scores; their seventh-grade standing in school; and the incredible potential that combination creates.
Kaylan I. Anderson and Cole W. Nugent were invited to attend the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony for the Duke Talent Identification Program hosted by The Center for Gifted Studies. The event at Diddle Arena honored students for scoring at or above the average for college-bound seniors on one or more sections of the ACT or SAT this year.
In Kentucky, 2,909 seventh-graders — who initially scored in the 95th percentile on a grade-level achievement test — took the above-level assessments. More than 1,400 then qualified to be honored at the Kentucky Recognition Ceremony. Additionally, 152 were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony on Duke University’s campus, celebrating those who earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors on the ACT or SAT.
Nationally, more than 77,000 seventh-graders tested, and 25,328 were invited to attend a state recognition event.
Dr. Julia Roberts, executive director of The Center for Gifted Studies, noted that the ceremonies provide inspiration and encouragement for gifted young students, who need the help of educators and decision makers to continue on their current trajectories.