Cumby student honored for exceptional ACT

  • Jenna Elmore
    Jenna Elmore

CUMBY — Jenna Elmore, a seventh-grade student at Cumby High School, was recently honored for achieving an exceptional score on the ACT, the same test taken by college-bound high school students.

Elmore took this above-grade-level test as a participant in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Duke TIP is a nonprofit organization that recognizes academically talented students and provides advanced learning opportunities that foster their intellectual and social growth.

Each year, Duke TIP identifies a select group of students as academically gifted, based on their standardized test scores. Those students are invited to take the ACT or SAT, which can provide crucial insight into a gifted student’s strengths and abilities. The highest scorers among these students are invited to a special recognition ceremony, typically hosted at one of over two dozen colleges and universities. While the in-person ceremonies were postponed this year, Duke TIP celebrated these students’ academic achievements by providing their families an at-home ceremony toolkit.

For more on Duke TIP, including qualification requirements for its Talent Search Program, visit