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May 31, 2006
Contact: Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett, senior vice provost, (785) 864-4904.

KU to help honor seventh-grade students selected for Duke TIP

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas will host a recognition program at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at the Lied Center for about 500 academically talented seventh-grade students selected for the 2006 Duke University Talent Identification Program.

Marlesa Roney, KU vice provost for student success, will preside. Stanley Lombardo, director of the Honors Program and professor of classics, will deliver the special address to the students, their families and guests.

Selection to Duke TIP is based on college entrance exam scores that are in the top 5 percent while the students are in middle school. Students participate by taking either the SAT or ACT national achievement tests. Working with host academic institutions such as KU, Duke TIP sponsors 33 state ceremonies in its 16-state talent search region.

Each Duke TIP student receives a medallion. The state recognition ceremonies honor seventh graders who have earned scores above the average scores of college-bound high school seniors. Of the 70,024 participants this year, 22,342 have been invited to state recognition events, including the 946 students recognized at KU.

The Duke program is in its 26th year, and this is the eighth year KU has hosted the Kansas state recognition program. In addition to Kansans, additional students taking part in the KU Duke TIP activities are Missouri residents from the Kansas City metropolitan area or towns near the Kansas-Missouri state line. Information tables to answer students’ and parents’ questions about various KU programs and activities will be available in the Lied Center lobby during the event.

Duke TIP is a nonprofit educational organization that identifies and helps cultivate the talents of academically gifted youth. Since 1980, more than 1 million students have taken part in the program, which is supported by student fees and donations from individuals, corporations and foundations.

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