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Eight qualify for Duke University program
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As a result of their outstanding SAT test scores, eight Effingham County seventh graders will have the opportunity to participate in future enrichment programs at Duke University as part of the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).

The students who scored high enough to receive state recognition are: from South Effingham Middle School–Liam Bendig, Heather Hilton, Adam King and Alexis Sucher; from Ebenezer Middle School–John Cowart, Abigail Johnson, Caitlin McCarthy and Jason Proctor.

Duke TIP is a non-profit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth.  

Through identification, recognition, challenging educational programs, information, advocacy and research, Duke TIP provides resources to gifted students, their parents, educators and schools for the development of the students’ optimal educational potential.

The seventh grade talent search identifies academically qualified students and invites them to complete college entrance examinations (SAT or ACT) alongside high school students. Students are recognized for their test scores, provided with detailed information about their abilities and introduced to a network of academic opportunities and resources available to them based on their scores, including educational programs offered by Duke TIP and others.  Registration begins in September of each year.