TCMS Student Recognized by Duke University's TIP

Peyton McCubbin

Congratulations to TCMS 7th Grader, Peyton McCubbin! She was recently honored at a ceremony at Western Kentucky University for her outstanding ACT scores!

She was recognized by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).

Local Student Honored for Exceptional Academic Success

May 24, 2017
For Immediate Release

Durham, NC- Peyton McCubbin, a 7th grade student from Taylor County Middle School in Campbellsville, KY, was among the students honored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT.  She was recognized at a ceremony at Western Kentucky University’s E. A. Diddle Arena on May 19.

Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search identifies students across the United States who have scored at or above the 95th percentile on a grade-level standardized test.  As part of the program, these academically talented students take above-level college-entrance exams to learn more about their abilities.  Duke TIP then hosts annual recognition ceremonies to honor the seventh graders who scored the highest on these ACT or SAT exams.  On the ACT, students must meet one of the following criteria to be recognized: the English score must be greater than or equal 22, math must be greater than or equal to 22, reading must be greater than or equal to 23, and science must be greater than or equal to 22.  Peyton scored at or above the qualifying score in each of the subject areas. 

“We are extremely proud to recognize our remarkably talented students who have demonstrated key aspects of their academic potential by achieving scores on the ACT or SAT commensurate with half of all college-bound high school seniors,” says Shawna Young, Executive Director of Duke TIP.  “As an alum of our 7th Grade Talent Search, I still remember how it felt to be recognized by Duke and TIP in seventh grade, as well as my excitement and anxiety at taking the SAT at such a young age.  As an organization, we cherish the opportunity to celebrate each of our ceremonies honorees for such an outstanding accomplishment.”

Working with host academic institutions, Duke TIP sponsors thirty-six ceremonies in sixteen states throughout April, May, and June.  Speakers include university administrators and professors from the host institutions, state and government officials, and accomplished former Duke TIP students.  For more information on the 7th Grade Talent Search, as well as Duke TIP’s 4th-6th Grade Talent Search for younger students, please visit

About Duke TIP: The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving academically talented youth.  As a global leader in gifted education, Duke TIP works with students, families, and educators to identify, recognize, challenge, engage, and support gifted youth in reaching their highest potential.  More than 2.8 million students have benefited from TIP programs and resources since 1980.  Duke TIP’s talent identification, academic, and research programs now serve as worldwide models for the education of gifted students.  For more information about Duke TIP, please visit 

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