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Duke University Talent Search Held at SJHS
Lauren Goins
Monday, February 12, 2018

Duke University Talent Search Held at SJHS

Twenty-two seventh graders at Sheridan Junior High challenged themselves to successfully complete the ACT on Saturday, Feb. 10, as part of the annual Duke University Talent Search.  It is the same ACT given to students in high school.

To qualify, students had to score at least in the 95th percentile on a section of a standardized exam in either the 5th or 6th grades.

The purpose of the talent search is to show advanced students areas of academic strengths and potential deficits long before taking the ACT again in high school which determine scholarship amounts.  It is also an additional identification tool for local programming for advanced students.  If desired, participating students can enroll in various online opportunities sponsored by Duke University.

An additional purpose of the Duke Talent Identification Program is to acknowledge high achievement.  Students who score at the required levels receive state or national recognition.   Each May, a program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, honors these outstanding students.  For 11 years, Roy Wilson, GT/AP Coordinator of the Sheridan School District has sponsored the Duke Talent Search at SJHS.