Drury partners with Duke University to recognize promising young scholars

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 25, 2017—Drury University’s Center for Gifted Education and Pre-College Programs, together with the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP), will honor more than 400 of Missouri’s most promising young scholars at a recognition ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday at the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Central High School senior and international baccalaureate student Isabel Lai will be the keynote speaker.

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. Seventh graders only need to achieve a qualifying score on any one section to be recognized by Duke TIP, or a student could qualify with slightly lower marks on a majority of sections. Duke TIP, a nonprofit organization, has conducted an annual search for academically talented youth across the country since its founding in 1980. Drury University has hosted the annual statewide recognition event since 1981.

Drury has been a national leader in providing education and enrichment programs for academically gifted students more than 30 years. The Drury Center for Gifted Education is the most complete center for gifted education in the state of Missouri, and is one of less than 20 complete gifted education centers in the United States. Each summer, more than 700 children from pre-K through high school attend Drury’s educational camps for gifted students.

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