Duke Talent Identification Program

50% of USJ Seventh Grade students qualify for Duke TIP

Duke Tip ProgramThe University School of Jackson proudly announces 7th grade students qualifying for the 2015-2016 Duke Talent Identification Program. Students scoring at the 95th percentile in at least one of the following standardized test categories qualify for the talent search: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Concepts or Skills, Writing Mechanics, Math, Quantitative Reasoning, and/ or students scoring a 125 or higher on the Otis Lennon School Ability Test.

These students include: Cecily Berry, Amir Boparai, Jenna Box, Luke Buchanan, Marion Callaway, Reagan Carney, Saeed Dardas, Armond Etghayi, Megan Everson, Abby Frix, Jada Greer, Emily Hailey, Sarah Hanna, Zakary Henson, Landon Hooper, Eli Hosford, Madeline Jones, Livvie Leeper, Matthew Lui, Joseph McGrath, Margaret Miller, Sara Mitchell, Lisa Nnaji, Baker Northern, Esosa Odeh, Ikenna Oleru, Ethan Persons, Abby Porter, Emma Richards, Kizer Robertson, Braden Sallee, Davis Sallee, Jenna Sammons, Channing Sellers, Sydney Sellers, Savannah Tabor, Mohid Tanveer, Holland Van Buuren, Cooper Whitworth, Brenden Wilcox, and Virginia Williams.

We congratulate our 2015-2016 qualifiers!


2014-2015 seventh graders qualify for Duke TIP

Several students from USJ’s seventh-grade class qualified for the prestigious Duke Talent Identification Program.

Qualifiers for the 2014-2015 class include Sidney Askins, Mary Basham, Ian Bates, Caleb Bell, Gabrielle Berry, Adonis Bond, Jake Booher, Madison Bruno, Chloe Burnette, Sarah Callis, Alexia Celarie, Vin Downing, Gabrielle Evans, Maddy Gastador, Evelyn Helms, Alan Henderson, Mary Humphrey, Elisa Kapunan, James Laird, Anika Mahajan, Aliah Mahalati, Madison Maroney, Caleb Martin, Keaton Miller, Felix Nnaji, Nneka Okolo, Adit Patel, William Pucek, Vashwaa Sofat, Ethan Schlegel, Ben Smith, Cody Smith, Hope Smith, Tanner Smith, Seth Spry, Mary Grace Studtmann, and Caleb Watlington.

The list of 37 students represents about 45 percent of USJ’s seventh graders.

The Duke Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that provides services beyond what is offered in the classroom to help academically gifted students reach their potential.

Robert Allen, Ashlee Allison, Robert Hite, James Jaggers, Phoebe Larkins, Katherine Ryan, and Kaitlynn Wilson. Not pictured are Sejal Jinturkar and Jacob Amos.

USJ Students Recognized by Duke Talent Identification Program

Several students in University School of Jackson’s seventh-grade class earned recognition from the prestigious Duke University academic program for gifted students.

Ashlee Allison earned Grand Recognition, a national honor for students who scored in the highest 3 percent of the Duke Talent Identification Program. Robert Allen, Jacob Amos, Robert Hite, James Jaggers, Sejal Jinturkar, Phoebe Larkins, Katherine Ryan and Kaitlynn Wilson earned State Recognition, which is reserved for students who score in the top 38 percent.

USJ saw 65 percent of its seventh-grade class qualify for the 2013-2014 program. The students scored in the 95th percentile in at least one qualifying category of the standardized tests taken in the fall of their sixth-grade year. Students scoring a 125 or higher on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test also qualified.

The Duke Talent Identification Program is a nonprofit organization that provides services beyond what is offered in the classroom to help academically gifted students reach their potential.

The 2013-2014 Duke TIP seventh-grade class from USJ also includes Tanner Atkins, Sophia Baker, Sukhmani Boparai, Ashley Carter, Nicholas Corley, Thomas Evans, Hailey Goodwin, James Gregory, Shereen Haji, Bailey Hatchett, Brandon Hatchett, Xavier Hawkins, Evan Heller, Logan Hooper, Hailey Houston, Taylor Howell, Colby Hughes, Thomas Ivy, Kaleigh Kwasigroh, Sophie Mehdian, Austin Moody, Benjamin Moore, Carson Nicola, Bailee Norris, Benjamin Northern, Katherine Patterson, Blake Peftoulidis, Jackson Powell, Garrett Reynolds, Cade Sammons, Stephen Sammons, Madison Schaffer, Macy Scott, Sophie Stallings, Vincent Stanfill, Connor Sweo, Allie Tenpenny, Ella Terry, Quri Twitty, Michelle Ugbaja, Bailey Whitworth, Haylee Wiley, Caroline Williams, and Caroline Yakin.

We congratulate our 2013-2014 qualifiers on this outstanding achievement!

57 percent of seventh-grade students in 2012-2013 qualify for Duke TIP

The University School of Jackson proudly announces 7th grade students qualifying for the 2012-2013 Duke Talent Identification Program. Students scoring at the 95th percentile in at least one of the following standardized test categories from the CTP IV (ERB) taken in the fall of their 6th grade year qualify for the talent search: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Writing Concepts or Skills, Writing Mechanics, Math, Quantitative Reasoning, and/ or students scoring a 125 or higher on the Otis Lennon School Ability Test.

These students include: Julian Anderson, Brian Bada, Trent Baldwin, Madelyn Bigford, Caitlyn Brown, Tyler Bruno, Charles Byrd, Harrison Cape, Alden Cardwell, Camryn Coley, Trey Corley, Ashlee Dunn, Jack Edwards, Garrett Evans, Aidan Galdino, Eli Garey, John Giampapa, Megan Gorbet, Harrison Hamm, Aidan Harlan, Jordan Henges, Justin Holt, Partick Hopper, Breana Hornburger, Rob Humphrey, Connor Jones, Griffin Laird, Joy Li, Sydney Lofton, Samrath Machra, Anjali Mahajan, Michael Mantooth, Harrison Miller, Ryan Miller, Clark Mitchell, Chester Ngien, Chinaza Nwokolo, Calley Overton, Kallie Pickens, Thad Puzdrakiewicz, Gehrig Rabun, Annabelle Reese, Madison Sills, Nathan Sim, Christopher Smoot, Trevor Spencer, Amelia Spurlin, Nicholas Stanford, Mason Strope, Josh Tabor, Ubaid Tanveer, Alexander Threet, Caroline Vaughn, Nate Wall, Ellie Whisenant, Brylee Whitsitt, Bryce Wyatt, and Jill Yates.

We congratulate our 2012-2013 qualifiers on this outstanding achievement!


Duke Talent Program creates opportunities at colleges

As a USJ seventh grader in the 2005-2006 school year, Evan Baker was one of 43 students in his class invited to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program. His high score on the SAT that year earned him state recognition in the Duke program and opened the door to opportunities.

That summer, he was invited to attend college programs for high-scoring Duke Talent participants. He spent three weeks at Davidson College studying about lab sciences. For the next three summers, he spent three weeks at Duke University. And last summer, he spent six weeks at Vanderbilt's PAVE summer program.

In the 2011-2012 school year, 59 percent of the USJ 7th grade class was invited to participate in the Duke TIP program. Each year, in order to qualify, seventh graders must have scored in the 95th percentile on the national norms of a recognized standardized achievement or aptitude test the year before. USJ students who participate usually take the SAT college entrance test in January. Some take the ACT.

"The Duke program is a wonderful opportunity for our students," said former Middle School Director Courtney Burnette. "Evan is an example of a student who has taken advantage of that opportunity, and it has changed his perspective on how he thinks and how he has approached his college search."

Evan, a member of the USJ Class of 2011 and National Merit Commended Student, applied to nine colleges, including Georgia Tech, Rice, University of Rochester, Vanderbilt, Duke, and Columbia in New York City. He is attending the University of Rochester.

"The summer programs exposed me to new ideas and peers with similar interests," Evan says. "As I went into the college search process, I already knew what I liked and didn't like."