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Medicine Lodge Junior High student Brooke Boyce receives academic recognition from Duke


Brooke Boyce, a seventh grader at Medicine Lodge Junior High, earns a top honor from Duke University for her exceptionally high ACT scores.

Duke University has recognized Brooke Boyce, seventh grader from Medicine Lodge Junior High, for being among the most academically talented middle school students in the nation. She is the daughter of Chad and Alisa Boyce.

Boyce has been recognized for her exceptional scores on an ACT she took in February, by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) seventh-grade talent search. Based on her ACT scores she was invited to both the State Recognition Ceremony at the University of Kansas on May 15, and also the National Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, on May 20.

In February Boyce took an ACT test in a testing center along side high school juniors and seniors. Her scores ranked her among the top 4% of the 46,544 qualifying gifted and academically talented seventh graders from across the nation.

DukeTip uses a peer-to-peer reporting format, meaning these scores represent a "best of the best" comparison. Students invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony also earned ACT scores equal to or better than 90% of college-bound juniors and seniors who took the same tests. To be invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony students must meet at least or greater than one of the following ACT scoring criteria:

ACT English – 31

ACT Math – 29

ACT Reading – 31

ACT Science – 28

Boyce's ACT scores and achievements also qualified her to be able to participate in the following DukeTip programs: Summer Studies, eStudies, and Scholar Weekends. Participants qualifying for these programs are the highest-scoring students in Duke TIP's seventh-grade talent search. Courses offered are some of the most challenging and rigorous available to academically gifted students in the country.


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