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Students Qualify for Duke University Gifted Program

Odom Academy’s Gyan Malani and Marshall Middle School’s Sarah Adams qualified for grand recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program Talent Search.

Fifteen Beaumont ISD students participated along with academically talented seventh-graders across the country. Odom’s Eesha Goli, Jason Huynh, Narayan Rampersad, Sabrina Tristan and Krish Vakil qualified for state recognition. Marshall’s Jackson Anderson, Olivia De La Madrid and Emily Xu and Odom’s Derrick Jones, Jr., Knyce Killer and Mariah Liedy were recommended to participate in the summer and/or online programs. Students were celebrated with medals and certificates at a ceremony held at the Lamar University Montagne Center.

The selected students are identified as academically gifted based on their exceptional standardized test scores in school and take the above-grade level ACT or SAT tests designed for college-bound tenth and eleventh graders so that their academic abilities and potential can be more accurately evaluated. They also receive a variety of support services and gain access to research and other information about using their academic abilities more effectively.