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Drury University hosts recognition ceremony for promising young Missouri scholars

For Immediate Release: May 18

Mary Potthoff
Director, Center for Gifted Education
(417) 873-7386

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 18, 2010 — The Drury Center for Gifted Education and Pre-College Programs, in conjunction with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), will honor some of Missouri's most promising young scholars at a recognition ceremony on Friday, May 21, at 11 a.m. in Weiser Gymnasium.

The event will involve about 400 seventh graders from throughout Missouri. To qualify for recognition, seventh-grade honorees must take the ACT or SAT and score at a level equal to or better than 50 percent of the juniors and seniors who took the test.

Duke TIP, a nonprofit organization, has conducted an annual search for academically talented youth in the state of Missouri as well as 15 other states since its founding in 1980. Drury University has hosted the annual recognition event since 1981.

A variety of other programs for gifted students from kindergarten through grade 12 are available through Drury's gifted education program. Visit for more information.

For more information about the event, please contact Mary Potthoff at (417) 873-7386, or by e-mail at


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