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Acting up

Lauren Meisel, a seventh-grade student at Parkway’s Southwest Middle School, has been accepted into the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP).  To qualify for the program, Meisel scored a 27 on the ACT, the standardized college admission exam.  The average Parkway, Missouri and U.S. scores are 24.1, 21.6 and 21.1 respectively.  The exam, typically administered to high school juniors and seniors, covers English, mathematics, reading and science. 
“In Parkway we strive to meet each child's needs and offer appropriate educational challenges.  Through a personalized plan, Lauren has been accelerated and is being exposed to the advanced curriculum that she needs,” says Dr. Denise M. Pupillo,
curriculum coordinator for gifted services and district grants and funding at Parkway.
Meisel’s exceptional score qualified her for not only the Duke TIP Missouri level award, but also the elite Grand Recognition (national) level award.  Meisel is invited to ceremonies at Duke University in North Carolina as well as Drury University in Springfield, Missouri for the state award ceremony.  The Grand Recognition ceremony honors seventh graders from across the country who have earned scores equal to or better than 90 percent of college-bound seniors who took the same test.
About Duke TIP
The Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP) is a non-profit educational organization that is recognized as a leader in identifying and serving the educational needs of academically gifted youth.
More information on Duke TIP can be found at: http://www.tip.duke.edu/