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Drury University honors young Missouri scholars at recognition ceremony

For Immediate Release: May 25

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 25, 2010 – The Drury Center for Gifted Education and Pre-College Program, together with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP), honored some of Missouri's brightest young scholars at a recognition ceremony Friday, May 21 in Weiser Gymnasium on Drury University’s campus.

Around 400 seventh graders throughout Missouri attended the event with their parents, family members and friends. In Missouri, a total of 1,485 students out of the 3,084 who applied qualified for the State Recognition Ceremony. To qualify, students must take the ACT or SAT and score at or above 50 percent of the juniors and seniors who took the test. Nationally, 24,204 students scored high enough to be honored.

Chris Craig, director of education and child development at Drury told the Springfield News-Leader, “With giftedness comes a whole lot of responsibility. There is so much expectation, so much promise and so much opportunity. Leadership is something we all have in our hearts for your future.”

Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization responsible for identifying academically talented youth in Missouri and throughout the nation since its establishment in 1980. Drury University has hosted the Missouri 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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